A trip across the Kennebec River to Swan Island can now be made in your own canoe or kayak, no reservations required.
For the first time, self-access day-tripping is allowed on the island, which is a state wildlife management area. Frequent visitors can also buy a self-access season pass, for an individual or their entire family. An individual pass is $40, a family pass $75.
Swan Island is a paradise for paddling and hiking, easily rivaling Mt. Battie, Morse’s Mountain, Bradbury Mountain or Wolfe’s Neck State Park in natural beauty alone — and with a deep historic element, as well, I am thrilled we can now paddle over anytime to enjoy it.
Further details are available at: http://www.maine.gov/ifw/education/swanisland/index.htm