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).

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 Meeting - Select Board and Planning Board

The Select Board and Planning Board will meet jointly on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at 5:00 pm via Zoom.  The public is welcome to attend.  Click here to join.

The purposes of the meeting are to review the results of the recent zoning survey and to discuss minimum lot sizes and related matters (setbacks, road frontage, etc.) to be included in the draft Land Use Ordinance and Shoreland Zone Ordinance.

Following the joint meeting, the Select Board will meet to discuss the Community Vision Statement.

COVID-19 Update - January 12th, 2022

We have four confirmed positive cases and one presumptive positive on the island, for a total of 5.  The cases appear unrelated.  The patients are isolating.  The Clinic is testing people who may have been exposed.

Please double your efforts to avoid contracting and spreading the virus.  Wear masks, wash your hands, and practice social distancing.

If you have not been vaccinated or are in need of a booster, please contact the Clinic or your mainland doctor.

If you believe you may have been exposed or are symptomatic, please do not rely solely on a home-test.  Instead, please call the Clinic on Monday to discuss the circumstances, 867.2021.

Let's work together to keep this from spreading.

Cemetery Mowing - Summer 2022

The Town is soliciting bids for mowing the three main cemeteries on the island, Brown's, Fuller's, and Seaview. 

If interested, please drop off your bid at the Town Office by noon, Friday, February 4, 2022.

Please complete your bid on this form.

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.

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