Town Information

The town reports will be available in the town office no later than February 22nd. 

Save the date - our annual Town Meeting is Monday, March 2nd at 9 A.M. The Town Clerk will be at the School at 8:30 A.M. to receive new voters or for those who want to make changes to their status. If you are not a registered voter, you cannot vote. And in order to be registered, you must be a resident. The official warrant will be posted 7 days prior to the meeting so look for it in the Hallway at the Town Office, at TIMS or at the Ferry Terminal.

In regards to absentee voting, a while ago I responded to a post stating a quick rundown of how the absentee voting works but wanted to go into minute detail as there are still questions being asked. It makes not one bit of difference to myself or my workers how you vote as long as you are comfortable with the process and know it is pretty fool proof to vote absentee for those who choose not to come to the polls for whatever reason.

If a registered voter of Swan’s Island wishes to vote absentee, they can call me and ask for a ballot or they can pick an application up in the hallway and either mail it to me or bring it by OR go on line at and fill out the form. If you go on line and fill out the application, I will get notification by email immediately, print out the form, verify that you are a registered voter and enter it into the Maine central voting list. No chances of duplicates with that process. When the ballots arrive in the early to mid part of October, I will send a ballot to each person who has applied, entering the date and time sent on the application and entering the information into the central voting system. When it is returned to me, I write the date and time received on the back of the envelope below where you have signed and again will enter it into the system that it has been returned. The unopened envelope then goes into a box in alphabetical order and put in the vault until election day. Usually around 2 pm that day the warden retrieves the box of ballots, reads the voters name aloud so the name is checked off on the incoming voting list, slits the envelope and deposits the ballot directly into the same ballot box that is used for those voting in person and in the same manner. The warden returns the empty envelopes to me to be sealed in a box until they can be destroyed, per State law.

If you have questions please don’t hesitate to ask. If you want to vote absentee but still aren’t comfortable about the mail you are free to email, text, message or call me if you want to know when I send the ballot to you and can do the same when it is received back to me if that would make you feel better. If you haven’t registered to vote, you can do it when you come to the polls but it will be less time consuming if you come see me before that as the people will be limited inside the building. Polls will be open from 10 am until 8 pm at the Town Office on November 3rd.

Another option is to vote in person when I am in the office if you want to avoid the crowds. That type of voting follows the same procedure as absentee voting.


Gwen J May, Town Clerk/Registrar

To the new year-round residents of Swan’s Island ~

I just want to give you a heads up about a few things/laws/rules that you may or may not be aware of. Some are listed here on the website while others need to be but I haven’t gotten around to doing it yet.

Dogs: if you have a dog that is 6 months old, the requirement, per State law, is to be licensed with the town within 10 working days of moving here. The licenses for the coming year are available after October 15th each year. You will need to bring proof of a current Maine rabies certificate and if the dog is altered, that paperwork is required as well. The cost to license a dog is $6 if it is altered and $11 if it is intact.

There is a town ordinance in place about dogs being on the beach which is on our website. Also, per State law, dogs are required to be on a leash or under control at all times while outside. The ordinance can be read in full on this website elsewhere.

Clam licenses: There is to be no digging of clams unless you have a town license. These can be obtained from the Town Office during my hours. There is an officer who patrols the flats occasionally plus the commercial clammers are watching. Their livelihood depends on people not walking the flats and killing the seedlings. If you do dig illegally, you should check the website to be sure there is not a red tide warning as eating clams during red tide can be extremely dangerous…even deadly. Please read the ordinance entitled "Swan's Island Shellfish Ordinance" on this website under ordinances.

Vehicles: Motor Vehicles are required, also per State law, to be registered in town within 30 days of moving here. In order to register a vehicle, I will need the title from your previous residence (if the vehicle was registered out of State) as well as proof of insurance and the mileage. Once the vehicle is registered, it will need an inspection sticker as soon as possible.

Homestead Exemption: When you have maintained Swan’s Island as your residence for a year, you are entitled to a homestead exemption the following tax year as long as the paperwork is filed with the office by April 1st. The same with a Veteran’s exemption if you are over a certain age. In order to receive the Veteran’s exemption you are required to show a DD214, an honorable discharge and proof that you have been in the service during certain wartime periods.

Town events, things of interest, sales, etc. are listed on Facebook on the Swan’s Island Information Page which is our on line bulletin board. The Swan’s Island Town Office Facebook page has articles related to the town government  like transfer station hours, selectmen's meeting agendas, and other information, Many things are also posted in the hallway at the Town Office/Post Office and a few various public places around town. 

Gwen J May

Tax Collector

Town Clerk

Registrar of Voters

Located 6 miles south of Mt. Desert Island (home to Acadia National Park),
access to the island is by ferry from Bass Harbor.

There is year-round ferry service to the island.

Ferry Rates from Bass Harbor to Swan's Island

Please see the Maine DOT website, here, to view the current fares to ride the ferry.

Four car and two truck reservations are available on each trip
Ferry capacity is 16 or less vehicles depending on the size of vehicles.

During the busiest times of the year, June through August, getting to the terminal early or securing a reservation is a good idea!


The Island Market & Supply (TIMS)
Open Year-round
Proprietors: Kathy and Brian Krafjack

Year-round Accomodations

Harbor Watch Inn
Innkeeper: Jennifer Helman

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Automobile Repair

High Tide Auto
Dennis Tapley
Boat Shop

B & A Boat Shop
Quality Workmanship
Thomas Riedel and Family
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Boat Charter & Boat Deliveries

Jason Joyce - Captain

You can go deep sea fishing, whalewatching,
or take a ride around Swan's Island.

Contractors - General

Double S Company
Lawrence (Sonny) L. Stanley


William H. Banks Jr.


Contractors - Construction

John P. Follis

Bruce M. Mac Donald

Mellard H. Cook

Charles Wiegle

Seth Joy

Gerald "Punkin" LeMoine
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Contractors - Electrical

River Conte


Contractors - Interior

Carol Loehr


Heidi S. Martin

John P. Follis

Sally Nichols
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Fuel Dealers-Gas & Diesel for Auto & Boat

Kent's Wharf

Swan's Island Fishermen's Co-op

Fuel Dealers-Home Heat/Propane


Swan's Island Fuel
William H. Banks Jr.

Acadia Fuel

The Island Market and Supply (TIMS)

Coastal Energy

No Frills Oil

Health Related Services

Sonja Philbrook
American Heart CPR and First Aid Instructor
Certified Personal Support Specialist - Home Health Aide
Eldercare Outreach of Swan's Island

Donna Wiegle
Maine State Ferry Service

Swan's Island Terminal

Bass Harbor Terminal

Catering Service

Island Bake Shoppe
Sheila Smith - Owner

Lobster Traps


Mill Pond Trap Shop

Donnie Carlson - 207-526-4112

Lobster & Seafood Dealers


Kent's Wharf
Dave & Cindy Niquette

Swan's Island Fishermen's Co-op.
Kathy Clark - Manager

Underwater Taxi
Leslie Ranquist

Real Estate


Acadia Realty Group 

Christal Applin
“Specializing in Swan’s Island Properties”
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Swan's Island Real Estate
Bill Banks

The Davis Agency
Jennifer Helman

Real Estate Rental

Maili J. Bailey

Restaurants - Take Outs


Sheila Smith
Special Orders Only


Saturn Press
PO Box 368
Swan's Island, ME 04685

Storage Facility

His and Hers Storage
Contact Sonny or Lisa Stanley

Telephone Company

TDS Telecom

Tree Service

Swan's Island Tree Service
Licensed Arborist
Town Government

Ambulance - Emergency 911

Fire Department - Emergency 911

Fire Chief
(for fire permits call)
Robert Gardner

Emergency Management Director
Charles Wiegle

Local Health Officer
Donna Wiegle

Mill Pond Health Center

Nursery School

Hancock County Sheriff's Department
Emergency - 911

Recreation Building

Swan's Island School

Town Office

Transfer Station

US Government

Post Office
Deborah D. Staples - Postmaster

Gift & Novelty Shops

Mount Desert Rock Sea Salt
Leslie Ranquist, Proprietor/Owner

Iver's Studio
Iver Lofving
Minturn Road

Blue Buoy
Debbie Stockbridge
Harbor Road - Swan's Island Village

Harbor View Studio
Jennifer Helman & Dale Joyce
253 Harbor Road - Swan's Island Village


Dexter Lee
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Gwen J. May
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Land Clearing

Dusty Staples

Isaac A. Stinson

Tim Treadwell

Sonny Stanley
Double S Co.
Cutting, Clearing and Stump Removal
Over 20 years of experience

Kevin Staples & Zeke Freelove

William H. Banks Jr.
Stump Removal - Cutting, Chipping & Clearing

Swan's Island Tree Service
Licensed Arborist

Computer Repair


Sally Nichols
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Property Management/Caretaking

Gerald "Punkin" LeMoine

Carol Loehr

Notaries Public


Dexter Lee

Gwen J. May
207-526-4463 - home
207-526-4279 - Town Office

William H. Banks Jr.


Dedimus Justice


Gwen J. May
207-526-4463 - Home
207-526-4279 - Town Office


The annual Town Meeting will be held on March 4th, 2019 at 9 a.m. at the School Gym. The official warrant will be posted on the website and in various places in town as soon as it becomes available.

Please bring your pencils and if you have previously picked up a town report bring it with you. Books are limited this year.