You can dinghy ashore to land on the small beach. There are a series of trails on the island. One trail basically goes around the shore and one is a one-way trail up to the north point. Trails can be accessed near the sign post and mailbox where visitors are encouraged to sign in. The western shore will reward you with a wonderful view of the expanse of Jericho Bay. Pets on leashes are allowed, but please pack out all solid pet waste.
Fires below the high tide line are allowed only with a state permit (207-827-1800).
If Buckle Harbor is full, a nearby alternative is located between Orono and Asa Islands. If that is not practical, we would proceed through York Narrows, and anchor anywhere suitable along the southern shore of Mackerel Cove.
The doorway on Buckle has been amusing visitors for decades. From the University of Maine’s Undiscovered Maine site: “This unique island is known for its various natural pieces of art and mementos left by visitors. The most famous is a green door between two trees that leads from a dark, shadowy path to a bright field.”