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Hammocks Beach State Park: Bear Island Camping
Primitive camping is available at Bear Island and is a great way to fall asleep on the sand to soothing sound of crashing waves. Reserve campsites through the state park and check in at the visitor center on the mainland. You must check in and get a parking pass to leave your vehicle in the parking lot overnight. You can take the ferry over or paddle over if you have a kayak. Once on the island, it is a good walk to the campsites, so keep this in mind and don't overpack. From the ferry dock, it's 0.5 miles to the beach and another 0.25 to 1.5 miles down the beach to the campsites. The lower numbers (1, 2) are closer than the higher numbers (10, 11), so keep that in mind. Although the beach is flat, walking on sand can be tough. There is potable water and warm-water showers available to campers, but not much else in the way of amenities. During the winter when the ferry doesn't run, the bath house in winterized and there is no water on the island. Everything must be paddled in. But, there's also a very good chance you'll have the island to yourself. Can't beat your own private island for $13 a night.
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