Title

Isle au Haut is a tall island six miles out to sea from the hard granite harbor

Authors

Andrew Vietze

Source

Down East

Date

9-1-2001

Pages

64-69, 71-72

Abstract

Isle au Haut is a tall island six miles out to sea from the hard granite harbor of Stonington. Acadia National Park owns 2,800 acres of it, or about half the island. Spread out across the other half is a quiet fishing village of 70 people. So many people are using this small piece of Acadia that many worry it's being loved to death. In 1999, about 7,000 people visited. Just two years later that number has jumped to close to 9,000, according to park officials. Rustic oceanside lean-tos and miles of dramatic hiking trails are among the draws, and while the carrying capacity of the small mail boat necessarily limits traffic to the island, more and more visitors are showing up in kayaks and other watercraft.

Subjects

Acadia National Park, Isle au Haut, Islands

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