Located off the coast of Maine near the town of Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island is Swan's Island. Swan's Island is a remote larger island, which is a part of the group of islands known as the Burntcoat group. Swan's Island is only accessible via ferry service from Bass Harbor. The crossing, which is only 6 miles, takes approximately 30 minutes.
Swan's Island has no amenities unlike the communities on the mainland of Maine. You will not find any amusement attractions, no stores and no liquor sales on the Island. The only entertainment is that which is created by the inhabitants themselves. Nearly 350 people call Swan's Island their year round home, but the population can swell to over 1,000 in the summer.
The economy of Swans Island is based on lobster fishing. Of the 350 year round residents nearly 40 are employed full time as lobster fisherman and others are employed part-time in the occupation.
Encompassing over 7,000 acres, the Island has an irregular shoreline, is hilly and has a small quarry for swimming. There are three small communities on the Island - Atlantic on the north coast, Minturn, and Swan's Island that rests on the shore of the Burnt Coat Harbor.