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 2020, North Haven celebrates the 173rd anniversary of its name day (and its 174th year of independence from Vinalhaven).

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Bulletin Board

Special Town Meeting - Elected Officials & Fire Station

We will hold a special town meeting next week:

  • Date:  Thursday, June 17, 2021
  • Time:  5:00 pm
  • Location:  Community Building - YMCA
  • COVID:  If you have been vaccinated, you do not need to wear a mask, but are welcome to wear one; if not, please wear a mask and socially distance

The purposes of the meeting are to:

1.  Elect Town Officials (See the list at the North Haven Grocery and the Post Office).  You can nominate people for these positions from the floor.

2.  Decide how to proceed with the Public Safety Building (Fire Station). Three of the Town’s organizations operate out of the Public Safety Building — the Fire Department, the EMS Unit, and the Town’s two plow trucks. In a nutshell, the question before the Town’s voters is: What do we want in the way of a building to support these three organizations for the longer term?

We have prepared information about the Public Safety Building for you to consider.  You may read it here.

The Select Board has approved the Warrant for the Special Town Meeting.  You may read it here.

Goal. The Select Board’s goal is calling this Special Town Meeting is: Get as many people to vote as possible, so the Town has a clear mandate on this question. Please come to the meeting and help us make this decision.

Open House.  Fire and EMS will be holding an open house this Saturday, June 12th, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Please take advantage of this opportunity to tour the building.

Select Board Meetings - Wednesday, June 16th

The Select Board holds its regular weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 5:00 pm.  This week, we will hold our meeting via Zoom.  At 5:15 pm, the Vinalhaven Select Board will join the North Haven Select Board in a joint meeting.  They will discuss getting across the Thoroughfare and possible topics for future joint meetings.

To participate in this evening's meeting, here is the Zoom link:


You can also join by telephone by dialing 646.558.8656, and entering meeting ID number 885 5468 8687.

You can view the agenda for the meeting here.

COVID-19 & Vaccine Distribution

Vaccine Update:  The vaccine clinic scheduled for Monday, March 29th, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, March 31st.  The Clinic will notify eligible people by telephone.  

Continued Protections:  Maine's case numbers continue to rise, as do the cases in the rest of the country. Thankfully, we have no confirmed cases on the island right now. Of course, that could change, so please be careful —

· Wear masks

· Maintain 6 feet between people who are not in your households

· Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds each time

Please contact the Clinic (207.867.2021) or your healthcare provider if you have any questions about the virus.

The virus remains very concerning and can be overwhelming. As we move through winter, many of us begin to feel more isolated. The virus brings its own anxiety, which when combined with more darkness can lead to depression. If you have any concerns about anxiety, isolation, depression, or your mental wellbeing, please contact Anne Cogger by email at [email protected] or by telephone at 207.841.3900. Your messages will be treated as confidential.

Airstrip:  Passenger & Freight Transportation

There has been considerable discussion about Penobscot Island Air's (PIA) use of Watson's airstrip over the summer.  As town administrator, I've been involved in this issue since I started in July 2018.  But as most people know, this has been an ongoing concern for decades.  I've written a lengthy article for the October edition of the North Haven News in which I attempt to lay out the pertinent history up through today.  I'm attaching the article and the associated documents below.  My thanks to everyone involved.  Please be patient as the Town, PIA, the Watson family, and the community at large continue to work through this.


Rick Lattimer

Mullens 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

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

Starting Wednesday, June 2, 2021, the Transfer Station will be open three days each week, 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.

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 Initiatives

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

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