Welcome to North Haven, Maine

North Haven is one of Maine's fourteen unbridged island communities.  It lies in Penobscot Bay approximately twelve miles from the midcoast city of Rockland. It is served by a Maine Department of Transportation ferry making three round trips a day from Rockland. The island's ferry link is of course dependent on the whims of wind and tide.

Its year-round population of 355 (2010 Census) swells in July and August with the return of families who own or rent seasonal homes on the Island. In 2019, North Haven celebrates the 172nd anniversary of its name day (and its 173rd year of independence from Vinalhaven).

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Mullin’s Head Park

Our park is a tremendous asset to our community. Please help us take good care of it so everyone can enjoy it. We recently had a fire in the forest near Vista Beach that could have been catastrophic were it not for the quick response of our volunteer fire fighters. We have also found large amounts of garbage — some left over from picnics and other outings and some that is obviously household trash. We rely on volunteers to take care of the park. Please do your part to help. Carry out what you carry in, use the designated grills or your own grills - but no open fires, and clean up if you see a mess. Thanks for your cooperation.    Rick Lattimer, Town Administrator

Drought & Water Use

Thank you for helping us better manage our water supply.  Thanks to your efforts, we have reduced consumption and the pumps are able to shut off for a while after filling the Standpipe (water tank).  Unfortunately, the drought persists, so please continue to do whatever you can to limit your use of water.

Here is a letter to our Water Department customers.  Please call the Town Office if you have any questions:  867.4433.

Thank you for your help.

Water Tank Repainting

The Town of North Haven is seeking interested vendors to submit proposals to repaint the interior and exterior of its municipal water tank.  You may find the request for proposals here, along with a report of the water tank, and the tank's identification plaque.

Please contact Rick Lattimer, Town Administrator, with any questions, 207.867.4433.

Select Board Meeting - September 23, 2020

The Select Board holds its regular meetings each week on Wednesday at 5:00 pm.  During the pandemic, the public may generally participate by telephone.  On Wednesday, September 23rd, the Board will hold its meeting in the Community Building (YMCA) in order to meet with a group of people who would like to talk about Pulpit Harbor.  The public is welcome to attend in person.  Please wear a mask.  The total number of people who are allowed in the building (including the Select Board) is 50.  You may also participate by telephone.

Here are the conference call instructions:

Dial:  866.726.3900

Passcode:  6076813#

Coronavirus Update - September 18, 2020 - Save the Summer

Testing as an Alternative to Quarantine:  If you have been tested within 72 hours prior to arriving on the island and the test results are negative, you do not need to quarantine for 14 days.  You may read a summary of Governor Mills' determination here (revised 7.2.20).  Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to perform these tests on island, so please get tested before you travel.

Governor's Orders:  The governor has issued an order requiring people arriving from out of state to quarantine for 14 days, instructing people from COVID-19 "hotspots" not to travel to Maine.  You may read her Order here.

Summer 2020:  Here are a letter about what to expect this summer and Guiding Principles for a Safe North Haven Summer.

Ferry: The Ferry Service has resumed its regular schedule, 7 days a week.  Currently, only 5 walk-on passengers are allowed in each cabin. The Ferry Service is working on a plan to deal with the expected increase in walk-on traffic as July gets closer.

EMS ProtocolDuring the pandemic, our EMS crew must evaluate each patient for COVID-19 symptoms as part of their response.  Please read the protocol here, so you are aware before calling 911.

Current situation: There are 5,005 confirmed cases in Maine, with 35 in Knox County.  We do not have any confirmed cases on North Haven.

Universal Masking:  The U.S. CDC and Governor Mills recommend people wear cloth masks when in public when social distancing is not possible, particularly in enclosed spaces.  See the CDC recommendation here.

Coping with Isolation & Anxiety:  Anne Cogger, our mental health counselor, is available for consultation through the Clinic.  Read her advice here.

Preparation: The World Health Organization, the U.S. CDC, and federal, State and local agencies are working together to address new cases and public concerns about the spread of the disease. Governor Mills has convened a Coronavirus Response Team led by Maine CDC Director, Doctor Nirav Shah.  The Governor has also issued a proclamation of State of Civil Emergency to Further Protect Public Health.  Locally, the Knox County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is working with communities, including North Haven, and coordinating with the Governor’s response team. At this point, Maine CDC is holding weekly coordination meetings with EMA teams across the State. Rick Lattimer is North Haven’s Emergency Management Director. Sue Ferra and Lorraine Reiser are our Local Health Officers. Together with North Haven’s first responders, school officials, and Southern Harbor House staff, they are working to coordinate activities, keep people up to date, and reduce the likelihood of the disease spreading, should it come to the island.

Prevention: There is no vaccine currently effective against Coronavirus. Steps we can all take to minimize the risk of contracting the disease and spreading it to others include:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water; use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from people not in your household

  • Wear a cloth mask while in public, particularly when you cannot remain 6 feet away from others and in enclosed spaces

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces

  • Stay home when you are sick and keep children home when they are sick

Financial HelpIf you are struggling financially, there may be loans and other programs available to help you.  Sandy & Bruce Gilman have volunteered to help collect and organize this information as it becomes available.  Please contact them via email if you would like assistance, [email protected]

Updates: For updates on the Coronavirus, please visit the U.S. CDC website here, and the Maine CDC website here.

Transfer Station -- Schedule and Hours, Payment, and Recycling Guidelines

Starting July 6, 2020, the Transfer Station is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 9:00 to 5:00.  We will be accepting cash, but strongly prefer people purchase stickers for household trash at the Town Office.  Stickers cost $1.50 each.  A $1.50 sticker goes on a 33-gallon bag.  Place 1/2 a sticker on a 13-gallon kitchen bag.  Place two stickers on a large contractor bag.  The Town Office accepts cash, checks, and all major credit cards.

For an updated list of what can and cannot be discarded in the recycling compacter, click here.

Job Opening - Clinic Assistant Substitute

The Town is seeking a responsible person willing to act as an occasional substitute for the Clinic Assistant.  If interested, please contact Rick Lattimer, Town Administrator, at 207.867.4433 or via email at [email protected]

The position will remain open until filled.

Contractor Guidance

If you are a contractor coming to the island to perform essential work, as defined in Governor Mills' orders (see the list here), please observe this guidance.

Please call the Town Office or contact Rick Lattimer, Town Administrator with any questions, 207.867.4433 or [email protected]

Thank you for helping to keep yourselves and others safe from the virus.

Emergency Services

In case of emergency, please dial 911.  North Haven participates in the Knox County Emergency Management System.  Upon calling, a 911 operator will take your information and immediately contact North Haven's EMS and Fire Department, as appropriate.

Town of North Haven Planning Board

Topic: North Haven Planning Board Meeting

Time: Apr 8, 2020 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

In accordance with Governor Janet Mills State of Emergency Order, the North Haven Planning Board will be meeting via Zoom Meeting. To take part in this meeting, log into Zoom using the information below:

Join Zoom Meeting

  • Meeting ID: 697 443 596

Town Initiatives

For updates on the initiatives discussed during the meeting in August 2019, please go to this page on the Town's website.

2019 North Haven Town Report

For a copy, click here.

Coronavirus - Resolution Encouraging People to Limit Travel

The North Haven Select Board heard several concerns about the order it issued on March 15, 2020.  The Governor's legal counsel noted that only the governor has the ability to restrict travel; municipalities do not have that authority.  Accordingly, the Board rescinded the order and has instead adopted this resolution.  The resolution strongly encourages people not to travel.  This is completely consistent with the advice of governments at all levels and healthcare officials. 

The resolution is effective immediately. 

Several people raised concerns that the Board's previous order was - at heart - an attempt to protect year-round residents at the expense of occasional residents' rights.  Nothing like that was intended.  While the intent of the order was perhaps not worded carefully, the gist of the Board's concerns are now stated in the resolution:  "Refrain from traveling away from the places where you are currently living - whether that is on North Haven or elsewhere - and that if you reside in places with better access to medical care than North Haven can provide you should refrain from traveling to the island."  In other words, if you are on the island, please stay here.  If not, please read the resolution carefully before considering coming to the island during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

The Board continues to struggle with how to best protect people from the Coronavirus.  The Town has limited resources.  The addition of even a few people could strain those resources to the point where more people would become at risk.  Thank you for your understanding.

Recycling at the Transfer Station

Click here for a copy of recycling guidelines at the Transfer Station. As many recyclers know, the market for recycled materials has undergone some dramatic changes. Our recycling provider, Ecomaine, has issued new guidelines to match the demand of a shrinking market for some categories of materials. Please consult it.

Burn Pile

Please remember that the burn pile is restricted to brush and untreated wood. (Latex painted construction debris is allowed.) Access to and use of the burn pile is primarily on an "honor system". The Transfer Station staff cannot continuously monitor the pile. The discarding of noxious and toxic debris which ends up being burned may result in drastic action by the state Department of Environmental Protection, up to and including permanent closure.

Ferry Information

Propane Trips: for a copy of the 1-6-16 line-up policy for passengers on propane transport trips, click here.

Line Numbers: Click here for information for how get a line number.

Rockland Line-up Policies: Click here for policies and procedures at the Rockland Terminal, including rules on switching vehicles.

Cancellation Emails: to receive email notice of ferry cancellations, click here and follow the instructions to sign up for the notice.

Water Department

Click here for a copy of the 2017 Consumer Confidence Report

Tax Maps Assessors' Information

Now online. Click here for link