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Historic Swan Island in Downtown Richmond, Maine

Swan Island Information



The Island management are about 1,755± acres in size is located along the Kennebec River between the towns of Richmond and Dresden.  It includes Swan Island, Little Swan Island and several hundred acres of tidal flats.

  • 1,755± Acres
  • 4 Miles Long
  • .5-.75 miles wide
  • 5-7 feet freshwater tides
  • 520 acres of freshwater tidal wetlands surround the island
  • Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Watchable Wildlife 
  • Hiking Trails
  • Historic Sites
  • Provides habitat for wildlife

Swan Island, known for its abundant and often quite visible wildlife (especially nesting bald eagles, white-tailed deer and wild turkey) is actually an abandoned 18th and 19th century town called Perkins Township and has long been recognized for its varied and interesting history.  It was used by Native American tribes, early explorers and settlers, and was reportedly visited by American historical figures such as Aaron Burr and Benedict Arnold.

Each year, more than 4,000 people visit Swan Island.  The Island's public visitation season runs from May 1st through Labor Day.  All access, both for day use and camping, is b y reservation and written permit only.  Interpretive tours and environmental programs are offered to school children and the public by Department employees. 


The area will be available for daily use between sunrise and sunset.  Campers will be limited to a stay of two (2) nights unless extended by the facility manager.


There is a maximum of 60 visitors allowed on the island at one time.   Reservations will be issued on a first-come, first-serve basis for a particular date.  The time of arrival recorded on the reservation will be determined by Wildlife Division personnel after consideration has been given to the prospective visitor's desire and existing reservations already issued for a particular date.  The arrival of incoming parties will be scheduled at the Department's convenience.

Facilities and Services:

Ten Adirondack type shelters are available for overnight use; picnic facilities for day use; modern bathroom facilities at campground;  drinking water; and island tours.  No more than six persons will be assigned to a shelter.

SWAN ISLAND (STEVE POWELL WMA) Is managed by the Maine Department of Inland fisheries and Wildlife.  For more information click here or please visit our website: or call 207-287-8000 and to make reservations call 207-547-5322 or email us at

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