Acadia National Park at Schoodic Peninsula including Gouldsboro, Winter Harbor, and more

Big Moose Island at Schoodic

At one time, Big Moose Island was likely separated from the rest of the Schoodic Peninsula at high-tide. The place where they merged is called West Pond Cove and there still is a brackish type marsh there. A causeway now crosses from the mainland to Big Moose Island at this location.

Big Moose Island is the largest of the islands surrounding the peninsula. The fact is, many do not recognize its name. Because Schoodic Point is on its southern end, it has become more synonymous with this name.

For many years, a Naval Base Facility was operated from the central part of the island. A few years ago, the facility was closed by the Navy and is now part of Acadia National Park and operated as a research retreat. Big Moose Island and Schoodic Point are part of the town of Winter Harbor, Maine.

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