Welcome to North Haven, Maine

About North Haven

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).

Zoning Ordinance Survey

Please help the Planning Board by completing a Zoning Ordinance survey. The survey will not be binding on the Planning Board, the Select Board, or the Towns voters. We simply want to gauge your interest in making any changes to minimum lot sizes.

Please read this letter from the Planning Board, Select Board, and Town Administrator explaining the purpose of the survey and their thoughts on how North Havens Land Use Ordinance and our Shoreland Zone Ordinance might be changed to help address the shortage of year-round housing.

Hard copies have been mailed to taxpayers and Town voters. You can also contact the Town Office for a hard copy of the survey. You can mail in your response or complete the survey here.

Community Vision

The community of North Haven is in the midst of defining a community vision. Click here if you would like to read a 2-page rundown of what we are doing. Click here for more detail, including the purpose of a community vision, North Haven's process, and how you can contribute and/or get involved. If you want to read about the working group drafting the vision statement, click here. Make sure to check back regularly for updates. 

Check out the Findings Report from the Community Vision Survey and Community Conversations here.

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Stay on top of progress and information; sign up to be on the community vision email list by contacting Mia Colloredo-Mansfeld.

Bulletin Board

Joint Workshop - Wednesday, October 27th

The Select Board and the Planning Board will hold a joint workshop to discuss potential changes to the Land Use Ordinance and a model Shoreland Zone ordinance.  The public is welcome to attend.

The meeting will be held in the Town Office beginning at 5:00 pm.

Notice - Water Line Shut-Off and Water Tank Painting - October 2021

We have arranged for Marcel A. Payeur, Inc., to paint our town water tank inside and out.  We have the tank inspected every five years and our latest inspection revealed that it is time to have the tank recoated.  Payeur will use a special epoxy coating specifically designed for public drinking water tanks.  We test our water regularly to make sure it passes state and federal standards; the quality will not be affected by the painting.  But we will have to drain the tank and run the pumps continuously to maintain pressure in the system.  You will see water gushing out of a hydrant on Iron Point Road during this period.  Unfortunately, there is no other way to maintain positive pressure.

Work will begin in mid-October and will take 2-4 weeks.  During this time:

  • Customers served by underground water mains (Iron Point, Sleepyville, the Village area, Main Street, the lower portion of South Shore Road, and Pulpit Harbor Road to Fuller Cemetery): You will not be affected, though you may experience occasional water pressure fluctuations.
  • Customers served by above-ground lines:  We will shut off the above ground lines for the season beginning October 12th.  Please plan accordingly.

If you have any questions, please contact Glen Marquis, Water Department Superintendent, or Rick Lattimer, Town Administrator, at 867.4433

COVID-19 Awareness

Over 80 percent of the year-round community has been fully vaccinated. Many of our summer and seasonal visitors have been fully vaccinated as well, but neither the Town nor the Clinic has any way of obtaining a precise number, particularly with so many people coming and going.

The State CDC reports that transmission of the virus in Knox County is “high.” Accordingly, the CDC recommends all individuals wear masks when in an indoor public setting. The PenBay YMCA is implementing this recommendation in all its facilities, including the North Haven YMCA. Similarly, we are asking people who visit the Town Office to wear masks.

You should expect businesses and organizations across the island to adjust their mitigation policies as circumstances change.

As the situation continues to unfold, please be mindful of the virus by:

  • Remembering that even fully vaccinated people can transmit the virus;
  • Washing your hands or sanitizing frequently;
  • Wearing a mask when asked, such as in the Town Office or the YMCA; and
  • Contacting the Clinic if you have any questions, 867.2021.


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, October 13, 2021, the Transfer Station will be open two days each week, Wednesday and Saturday, from 8:00 to 4:00.  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