Please come for the day or camp for the weekend and join your fellow BHA members and friends for what is shaping up to be one heck of a good time! The island weekend will feature outdoor skills workshops, backcountry archery 3-D challenge course and practice range, potluck wild foods dinner, stories from the backcountry, an outdoor gear raffle, new member incentives, and more.
About Swan Island
We’ve lined up the best of what New England has to offer in the way of scenery, company, and experience. Managed by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW), the Steve Powell Wildlife Management Area on Swan Island is accessible only by water, but is easy to get to and big enough to feel like you’re getting away from it all. The island truly has something for everyone with opportunities like:
You can captain your own craft to the island, or board the complimentary ferry. Fill your time with BHA workshops, or sit and watch the tide roll in - either way, come enjoy New England with other folks that love it too.
If you’re coming from out of state, Swan Island would be a great jumping off point to head inland for fishing, canoeing, or hiking in the North Woods. If you need a saltwater fix, after the Rendezvous head downriver to cast for stripers at the mouth of the Kennebec, camp on public islands that are part of the Maine Island Trail oe explore the coast.
Please note: Pets are not permitted on the island.
One of our favorite parts of BHA is the diversity of interests within our membership. Throughout the weekend we’ll be showcasing some of those unique skill sets to optimize your time in the outdoors through member-led workshops like:
The 3-D Archery course will be open to use at your leisure all 3 days, as will all of the self-guided activities that the island offers.
Friday: Arrive and set up camp. There will be a handful of workshops in the afternoon followed by a casual campfire meet and greet in the evening.
Saturday: Select from an ongoing offering of workshops throughout the day, as well as a non-competitive archery shoot. After a day of sharing skills, we’ll enjoy an evening of sharing food and stories with a wild/local food potluck dinner followed by stories around the campfire. Bring a dish to share that represents your New England for the potluck. After dinner enjoy stories from the backcountry, and if you like come ready tell a tale about your backcountry for the open-mic portion of the evening.
Sunday: The morning will include an open forum roundtable for members and friends to share ideas about BHA in New England as well as more workshops before we all break camp and head home.
New England BHA has reserved the camping area on Swan Island. The campground is limited to 66 campers, so sign up early!
**Campers and non-campers must register using the dropdown menu at bottom of this page**
Registration options include weekend camping, single night camping August 10 or August 11, or single-day registrations. Registration is per attendee, so select from the dropdown options for each member of your party. The registration rates at the bottom of this page reflect the 25% Early-Bird discount in effect through July 12. Sign up now to reserve one of the limited island campsites and to be eligible for the Early-Bird rate!
Swan Island Camping
If you prefer the mainland, the Augusta/Gardiner KOA is offering a discount to Rendezvous attendees. Mention the code "SWAN ISLAND" to receive a 10% discount (cannot be combined with any other discount).
Ferry Reservations and Schedule
For Those Bringing Their Own Boats
There is a boat launch next to the ferry landing in Richmond. If you bring your own boat (other than a canoe or kayak) there is limited dock space at the campground, so be sure to bring an anchor and some extra line to tie off at the shore. This section of the Kennebec is tidal, but the landings are accessible at all tides.
This is a volunteer-run event. Please contact Anthony Zontini at [email protected] if you can help with setup, registrations, campfire coordination, and other details.