The emergency phone system on Bear Island is currently out of service. In the event of an emergency after hours please use your cell phone as cellular service from most carriers is available. Electrical outlets are available at the bathhouse to charge a cell phone.Posted on: Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 1:57pm
There are no lifeguards on duty until Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 27, 2017. Swim at your own risk and use extreme caution as rip currents and strong currents can occur at any time. Please bring any soft drinks and snacks with you to the island.Posted on: Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 1:58pm
The May ferry schedule is Wednesday through Sunday hourly beginning at 9:30 with the last ferry off of Bear Island at 5:00 pm. Please see the ferry schedule link at left for complete schedule. Please Contact the park office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 910.326.4881 with questions.
Pets are not permitted on the ferry, also note that carts and wagons are not permitted on the ferry unless collapsible. The ferry captain reserves the right to request wagons and carts are emptied until passengers get off the ferry.Posted on: Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 2:04pm
IMPORTANT: Not all campsites have identical amenities. Read the campsite information on the reservations website to preview photos of campsites; check availability and fees; and find out whether a specific site is handicap accessible; has access to water, showers, or restrooms; has electric hookup; and other important information.
Primitive campsites are located near the beach and the inlet. Fourteen family campsites accommodate six people and two tents each.
Two group campsites, available to affiliated groups only, one accommodates up to 12 persons, the other 24 persons. Light and simple is the way to travel as campers must carry all provisions to the campsites from the beach or ferry dock. Group campsites are reserved locally at Hammocks Beach State Park. Download reservation form (PDF).
Due to sand migration in the channel the ferry uses to transport visitors to Bear Island, the ferry schedule can change on a daily basis. The ferry schedule is under Fees/FAQs/Rules, or please call the park for more information.
Water and other facilities are available on the island, except from mid-November through mid-March when the facilities are winterized. Fires are not permitted, and campers must remove all trash. Camping is permitted on numbered sites only and permits must be obtained from the park office on the mainland. Campsites are open year round.
Campers must register in the park office on the mainland before going to Bear Island. All vehicles left in the parking lot overnight must be registered at the park office or they are subject to towing.
Hammocks Beach State Park
September - May: 8am - 6pm
June - August: 8am - 7pm
Closed Christmas Day
September - May: 8am - 5pm daily
June - August: 8am - 6pm daily
Closed Christmas Day