Please note that, due to COVID-19, changes have been made for this season to help ensure staff and guest safety, including closures of certain amenities and features or cancellations of programming. The information below may not reflect those changes. More information can be found here on our website. Please give us a call at (207) 633-8000 if you have any questions.

The Landing is just one of many ways to experience nature at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Small boat moorings are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and we have a deep water mooring available by reservation. You can also stop by The Landing and simply enjoy a beautiful view of the Back River as well as a few local islands.


Arriving by boat? We welcome a limited number of guests to our moorings, free of charge with admission to the Gardens on a first-come, first-served basis (sorry, no reservations). Gardens admission may be paid to dock personnel at the Gazebo onshore if they are available; otherwise, please check-in at the admissions desk in our Visitor Center. Please note that all children under 12 must be supervised and wearing personal flotation devices while on floats and ramp.

Our dock (The Landing) is located on our shorefront just south of the Knickercane Bridge and just east of Hodgdon Island on the Back River in Boothbay. The GPS coordinates are 43°52’42.77″N 69°39’44.88″W. At average cruising speed, travel time is about 25 minutes from the Southport Island Bridge and 45 minutes from Boothbay Harbor. The best route from the south is to come through Ebenecook Harbor, around the northern end of Hodgdon Island and then under the Trevett and Knickercane bridges. From the north, one can enter the Back River from the Sheepscot via the Cross River at the northern end of Barters Island, and then proceed south to the Knickercane Bridge.

Small Boat Moorings

Our four small boat guest moorings (CMBG 1-4) are available for boats on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a maximum length of 32 feet and a maximum keel depth of five feet – if your boat is larger, please reserve our larger boat mooring. Boats cannot be tied to the dock, but the yellow zone can be used for loading and unloading. You are welcome to use our courtesy dingy as long as it is returned and secured to the dock once you are finished. Each boat has a three-hour tie-up limit per day, and all boats must be gone by 5 pm. If you wish to paddle over, kayaks can be tied on the south side of the floats. Use of the moorings is at the guest’s own risk – CMBG is not responsible for any damages.

Large Boat Mooring

We do have one deepwater mooring located on the western side of Hodgdon Island for boats up to 50 feet in length, with a maximum keel depth of 16 feet. This mooring can be reserved for up to a 24-hour stay with admission to the Gardens at no extra charge by calling our main number during business hours: (207) 633-8000. Guests will need to provide their own tender/dinghy for travel from the mooring to the Gardens. Use of the mooring is at the guest’s own risk – mooring owner and CMBG are not responsible for any damages.