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What to do in the event of an emergency

Dial 911
Currently there is no resident physician. Island equipment and supplies are limited. In case of a serious emergency dial 911. There is a small group of volunteers who will respond if they are able. To learn more about this volunteer group visit Friends of Monhegan Volunteer Fire Department.
FIRST AID STATION: Beginning June 27 through September 5, 2021, a new First Aid Station (FSA) will be located across from the island store. It will be manned by licensed medical volunteers.
Walk-in: Monday – Friday 10 am – 11 am.
Free of charge but donations accepted.
Conditions seen: strains, sprains, rashes, cuts & bruises, coughs, colds, allergies, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fish hook injuries, tick bites, animal bites, ear aches, headaches, fever, eye infections, skin infections, urinary tract infections
Conditions NOT seen: chronic illness, renewal of prescription medications

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Are there public restrooms?

Toilet facilities are limited for the casual visitor.
Prior to departing your ferry, it is recommended that you use the head.
There are public restrooms behind the Novelty open 8 am – 4 pm. A donation is appreciated for upkeep of these facilities.
A port-a-potty is available 10 am – 5 pm and will be located across from the Lupine Gallery May 21 – June 15; at Monhegan School June 15 – August 29; at Lupine Gallery August 30 – October 12. This facility is managed by Monhegan Plantation and donations are appreciated for the upkeep.

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What to Wear, What to Bring

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Attire: Monhegan is a casual place so dress for comfort. The temperature can fluctuate especially if you are on a boat, bring a sweatshirt, wind-breaker, and check the weather, you may need foul weather gear.
Shoes: Wear sturdy shoes for for walking on unpaved roads, as well as rocky surfaces over ledges, through wooded areas and into mud.
Medicine & First Aid: Even if you are coming for the day, pack your prescription medication. If you have allergies, bring an EpiPen with you. Some basic first aid supplies can be purchased on the island, but you may want to have a small kit in the event of a scrape.
Mosquito, Tick, Poison Ivy protection: Monhegan has all of these nuisances. Protect yourself. Flashlight: For overnight visitors, you will want a flashlight at night when walking the roads. There are no street lights on Monhegan.

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Reserve in Advance

Make your reservations ahead of arrival for boat passsage and places to stay. Schedules and openings vary from year to year and from season to season. Check with proprietors, especially when planning a trip to the island before mid-June or after mid-September.

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Can I pay with cash, check, credit card? Is there a bank?

Most businesses take all forms of payment but be prepared and bring cash with you or use one of the two ATMs on the island. There are a few businesses that only take cash and if the internet is out, credit card payment is not possible. There is no bank but there are ATMs located at The Barnacle and at The Novelty.

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Are dogs allowed?

Pets must be on a leash at all times according to Maine State law. Each ferry will have policies and costs associated with bringing your pet on their boat, check before you book. There are a few island accommodations that accept pets, ask when booking.

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Is there Internet access?

If you are staying over, most establishments offer some Internet access. If this is important to you, ask prior to booking your room or cottage.
The Monhegan Memorial Library offers internet access to members. Visit their site to become a member.
Monhegan is currently in the process of upgrading their internet infrastructure, until that work is complete, the internet is slow and unpredictable at times.

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Can I bring my car? Are there vehicles?

You are not able to bring your vehicle to the island. You will park your car where you catch the ferry. Each ferry service has their own parking cost and process. When you book your passage, find out about parking.
There are trucks and golf carts on the island. Especially when the ferries arrive and there is a lot of activity on the narrow roads, be mindful of these vehicles. If you are able, have your whole party step off the road on the same side. There are ditches, so be careful where you step.

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How do I get my luggage to where I am staying?

Each of the large hotels and Shining Sails provide a luggage transport service. Look for the name of the establishment posted on a truck at the dock when you arrive and speak to the driver.
Monhegan Trucking meets most ferries and will transport your luggage.
Label your luggage with your name, address, island destination and the boat on which you are traveling.
There is currently no service for transporting people. You will need to walk to your destinations.

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Can I get a mooring?

There are few guest boat moorings. The Harbor master, Shermie Stanley can be reached on the radio, channel 19, or by calling 207-542-9345. He will help you find a suitable anchorage if one is available.
We ask that private boats avoid the dock during ferry arrival and departure. Do not leave your boat unattended at the dock.

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Can I rent a golf cart?


If you are unable to walk on your own safely, there is a golf cart rental business. Golf carts are for medical necessity only. Contact Alice Boynton aliceboynton@gmail.com.
Please respect the small, narrow, crowded roads and only drive if necessary.