One Big Sustainable Island

One Big Sustainable Island

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there insects on the island?

Yes, it's natural to have insects in Maine. It's why we also have birds. On the island we sometimes have mosquitos, moths, fireflies, dragon flies, and spiders - nothing poisonous, nothing overwhelming, but enough of a reminder that without these bottom-of-the-food-chain critters, life would be hard for us top-of-the-food-chain critters. PS: On the mainland wood ticks are common - wear insect repellant.

What kind of animals live on the island?

Eagles, osprey, and loons are just a few of the birds we see every day. We have squirrels, voles, turtles and one type of non-poisonous snake.


What kind of plant life is on the island?

Like most of the Maine woods, we have Pine, Oak, Maple, Hemlock, and Birch trees. There are blueberry bushes, teaberry plants, fern, blue bead lily… to name a few.

What FREE STUFF is included in every 1BSI overnight stay?

  • Pack Light! We've got you covered with:
  • Secure parking
  • Transport of gear & guests to the island
  • A canoe or two kayaks with life jackets
  • Firewood
  • Fishing poles & gear
  • Drinking water

How do I get from the Free Parking area to the island?

You've got checkin options:

Checkin yourself by:
  • Bringing your own boat - we have a public boat launch, free parking for your rig at our place, and free island dock space available.
  • Paddling yourself - Take one of our canoes or kayaks and paddle the 30 minute trip across the lake to your stay. We can shuttle your gear on the next ferry if you want.
Or checkin with Ferry Service:

Free ferry service to the island runs at:

  • 9:45 Early Arrival - We'll shuttle you to 1 Big Sustainable Island early and while your stay is being prepared, you can begin your "Island Time" early. We'll safely stow your gear and let you know as soon as your accommodations are ready.
  • 3pm and 5pm - With the standard checkin ferry, we'll move your crew and your gear to the island and help get you settled in.

Pre-arranged Ferry Service is available at other times for a one-way Fee. All paddled boats need to be off the water by sundown.

Other than my favorite food and drink, what else do I need to bring?

  • Food (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Beverages)
  • Cooler / Ice (Block ice lasts longer)
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Headlamp or Flashlight (We are off the grid.)
  • Extra batteries for your Phone, etc. (We are off the grid.)
  • Sun protection
  • Insect repellent
  • Warm clothes (fleece or wool layers are recommended)
  • Socks or slippers for inside (shoes left outside please)
  • Water shoes
  • Rain Gear

Canoeing on Lake Annabessacook.
Fishing on the south end.
Hammock on the south end.