Long Island, located in Casco Bay, is one of Maine’s 15 islands with year round communities. Located 6 miles off the coast of Portland, the only access to the island is by ferry ride (45 minutes), water taxi or private boat. The island is 3 miles long and 1 mile wide, and has a winter population of 200, swelling to over 1000 in the summer. Many residents, summer and winter, work in the lobster industry.
Long Island has beautiful beaches, picturesque harbors, a fresh water marsh, and 125 acre conservation area complete with beavers, a cranberry bog, and mixed deciduous and coniferous forests. The island is home to a K-5 School with 2 teachers and typically a dozen students, a Library and Art Gallery, a state of the art Fire and Rescue department that runs the Town’s emergency rescue boat, and an active Recreation Department. There is a Post Office, 2 stores, only one of which is open year round, and gift shop that is open only late spring though early fall.