Getting Here & Fees

Season Dates

2020 Season: June 1 to October 23.  Swan Island is open seasonally from mid-May through late October. To protect the island’s wildlife, pets are not allowed.


Swan Island Iron Ranger

Paddle your canoe or kayak to the main island landing or about a 30-minute paddle to the campground on the east side. Both sites have 'iron rangers' to deposit user fees. Reservations are not required for day use.

Please note, the docks at the mainland and island landings are for department use. Be sure to pull any watercraft above the high tide line and out of the way of access for other users.  If you would like to access with a motor boat, please call ahead to confirm if dock space is available at the campground.  A topographical map of the island showing landing sites is available for download. Download Topographical Map (PDF).

Ferry Schedule

Ferry service provided by MDIFW is for passengers only and by reservation only! Bicycles are welcome.  If camping, arrive 15 minutes early to allow time for loading gear. The ferry ride is about five minutes. Once on the island, you can load your gear onto the trolley for a 1.5-mile ride to the campground.

Leaves Richmond Parking Area:
9:15 AM, 11:15 AM*, 1:15 PM, and 3:15 PM

Leaves Swan Island:
9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM

*Island tours are available with the 11:15 ferry if requested.

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Swan Island Self Access

All 5 and under visitors are free!

Day Use

$8 per person


$8 per person plus $20 per site per night

Group site: $8per person plus $40 per night

Season Passes*

  • Individual Day Use: $30
  • Individual Camping: $45
  • Family Day Use: $75
  • Family Camping: $130
  • Business Pass: ask for details

Picnic Shelter - Day use fee applies + $20
Canoe/Kayak - $10/hr or $35/day (available at campground)
Firewood - $8/bundle

*specific rules apply. For more information call 207-287-5252 or view season pass application (PDF).

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