NEARBY ANCHORAGES and Other Services
Federal Harbor in Cobscook Bay is nestled inside rocky headlands upon entering South Bay. Enter this well-protected harbor between Hog and Long Islands. This is a small anchorage, but a fellow CCA member levied high praise: “A magical place. After leaving the ‘metropolis’ of Eastport, one enters, on a flood current approaching 3 knots, a remote area without boats, houses, docks, or any sign of civilization except fish farms. Even the lobster pots disappear. The anchorage is surrounded by high, wooded islands. We were the only life within miles. We anchored in 11′ at low, 35′ at high, good holding but a lot of kelp on the anchor in the morning. A peaceful night.” Earnest Godshalk (7/25/21).
Other accessible and delightful Canadian harbors of interest in the vicinity are Head Harbour on the NE end of Campobello, Northwest Harbor on Deer Island, DigdeGuash Harbor behind Long Island, Bocabec Harbor at the mouth of the river of the same name, Harbor De Lute on the northwest side of Campobello, and the signature prize of St. Andrews behind Navy Island at the entrance to the St Croix River. Each of these anchorages requires a degree of comfort with the massive tides, heavy ground tackle, and the patience to ferret out the numerous stakes and weirs that are often only visible at half-tide or less. Patience is more than a simple virtue in these waters.
A CCA member was recently in need of a diver to free up a tangled prop in nearby Federal Harbor and was directed to Scotty McNichol who was recommended by both the harbormaster and the harbor pilot. Scotty’s phone is (207-214-9560).
The lobster boats in this area are built extra wide to cope with rugged seas and currents during their “wintery” season running from November to mid-July. See examples below: