Rockland Names & Numbers
January 27, 2017
Charts: NOAA 13305, 13307
Rockland Harbor is located in West Penobscot Bay, about 55 miles north of Portland and approximately 40 miles south of Mount Desert Island. Approaching from the south, swing around Owls Head Lighthouse, leaving it to port, and head for the historic lighthouse at the end of the breakwater, (44º 06.2’ N, 69º 04.7’ W), leaving the light to starboard. From the north, coming down West Penobscot Bay, look for the nearly mile-long granite breakwater and Colonial-style lighthouse, which should be to starboard. The opening to the harbor is wide, more than 1,000 feet, and marked on the southern edge by green can “1”. Once inside the breakwater, you should head east for red nun “2” in the center of the harbor, which also marks the beginning of the main channel. At nun “4” and green can “1” the channel splits. Immediately ahead is the Coast Guard station and Journey’s End Marina. Heading south will bring you to the public landing and the Rockland Landing Marina. Heading north will take you toward the ferry terminal and Lermond Cove.
- Rockland Public Landing (207-594-0312): Open May 15 to October 15. Offers diesel and gas, moorings, pump-out, showers and laundry. Dockage is free for up to two hours. Overnight dockage available. Contact the harbormaster (VHF 9) for more information.
- Journey’s End Marina (207-594-4444, VHF 9 & 18): Full-service, year-round marina with slips and transient moorings.
- Knight Marine Service (207-594-4068; VHF 9): Full-service, year-round facility. Offers moorings and transient slips.
- Yachting Solutions (207-236-8100): Deep-water facility with transient slips.
- Rockland Landings Marina (207-594-4899, VHF 9): Seasonal marina with transient slips and moorings. Gas and diesel.
- Ocean Pursuits (207-596-7357): Full-service boatyard with transient moorings. Specializes in carpentry, rigging, electrical and more.
- Sawyer & Whitten (207-594-7073): Marine electronics service experts.
- Hamilton Marine (207-594-8181): Venerable marine retailer on Park Drive, near the water. Carries a huge array of boating supplies.
A good deep-water (15′ – 40′) anchorage, especially in easterly winds, can be found in the northeast part of the harbor, behind the breakwater. The southwest corner of the harbor also offers a protected place to anchor in winds from the west or south. A third anchorage (15′ – 20′) close to town is located near the public landing. Lastly, a nifty (albeit tight) little anchorage is Deep Cove, just west of Owls Head.
A good hard-surface, two-lane, all-tide ramp with ample parking can be found just south of town off Mechanic Street. Fee required.
(207-594-0312); VHF 9
- Hannafords (207-594-2173): Large supermarket at 75 Maverick St.
- Good Tern Natural Foods (207-594-8822): Natural foods at 750 Main.
- Jess’s Market (207-596-6068): Fresh lobster and other seafood at 118 S. Main.
- Hamilton Marine (207-594-8181): Famous marine retailer located on Park Dr., near the water. Carries a wide range of boating supplies.
- Atlantic Baking Company (207-596-0505): Fresh baked bread and pastries on Main St.
- Landings Restaurant (207-596-6563): Serves lobster, steak, pasta and poultry near the waterfront.
- Archer’s on the Pier (207) 594-2435: Excellent restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the harbor. Dockage available at Yachting Solutions for $20.
- Rockland Café (207-596-7556): Family-style restaurant on Main. Offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Market on Main (207-594-0015): Serves varied international cuisine at reasonable prices.
- Cafe Miranda (207-594-2034)
- In Good Company (207-593-9110)
- Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center, 356 Main St., (207-596-6457): Features more than 6,000 works of original American art, mostly devoted to coastal Maine, located in 5 buildings in the heart of downtown Rockland.
- Breakwater Kayak Tours (207) 542-3631: Professionally led kayak tours of Rockland Harbor, Camden and surrounding areas.
- Art galleries: There are nearly a dozen art galleries in Rockland, most of them located on Main Street. A good source of information on the arts is the Maine Gallery & Studio Guide.
- Strand Theatre (207-594-0070): Restored 1923 theater offering first-run movies, live performances, lectures and more.
- Maine Lighthouse Museum (207) 594-3301: Large collection of artifacts relating to Maine lighthouses (including a huge collection of Fresnel lenses), the U.S. Life Saving Service and the Coast Guard. Located in the heart of Rockland.
More than a dozen windjammers make their home in Rockland. For more information about the windjammer fleet visit Windjammer Cruises, or call (888-692-7245) or (207-236-2938).
- Two of the vessels include: A Morning in Maine (207-691-7245): A 55-foot ketch offering half-day trips. Overnight or special charters also available.
- The Stephen Taber (800-999-7352): The oldest documented sailing vessel in continuous service in the United States, the Taber is a 115-foot, 2-masted schooner offering 3-day trips or 6-day trips.
- The Rockland Lobster Festival (800-LOB-CLAW): 4-day event held every August in Harbor Park, includes a parade, tons of steamed lobster, concerts and maritime displays.
- The North Atlantic Folk Festival (207-236-7660): 4-day event held in mid-August at Harbor Park.
- 250 Main (207) 594-5994: Modern-chic boutique hotel near the harbor.
- Samoset Resort (800-341-1659): Luxury resort and golf course. Maintains guest moorings for resort patrons. Offers pool, golf and vacation packages.