Harbor Master's Office located Harbor Park & Marina Ellsworth, Maine
At the northeast end of Union River Bay, just north of Mill Cove, the Union River’s well marked channel leads three miles from the last red buoy to eclectic, bustling, Ellsworth, Maine. The river’s undeveloped, wooded shoreline belies the lively energetic city beyond the trees. The mooring field consumes much of the turning basin, a relatively new concrete floating dock extends to an old granite wharf courtesy of a full-race arched gangway. At the top is a gas pump. Onshore are a large gazebo, picnic shelters, picnic tables and grills scattered about the greensward. The harbormaster makes camp in a small log cabin. There is an ice cream and concessions stand on the premises.
Ellsworth is the commercial, service, and shopping center for Mount Desert Island and Hancock and Washington Counties - witness the mile of outlets (including L.L. Bean) and malls along Routes 1 and 3 (.08 miles east of the docks). There is also a lively, historic, and quaint downtown along Main Street between Route 1A and the Union River (walking distance - 0.6 miles north of the docks) where many restaurants, coffee shops and unique retail shops reside in 1930’s-era buildings that literally rose from the ashes after a fire wiped out the town in 1933. Notable is the recently restored Art Deco Grand Auditorium where something's happening most days of the year – concerts, film, theatre, dance, events, Live from the Met Simulcasts, and children's summer theatre. There is an abundance of small unique retail shops and several Antique shops for your shopping pleasure, all within a reasonable walking distance. Just across the river, stunning “Woodlawn”, Col. John Black’s House is now a museum that depicts life during the booming timber days, furnished exactly as it was when the family lived there – with formal gardens and rolling lawns.