Birch Island South Preserve

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust

Birch Island occupies an important place in Harpswell’s history. The island was first used by indigenous people, who traveled down the Androscoggin River to set up summer fishing camps on the coastal islands.

The island is said to be one of the first settlements in Casco Bay. The 43-acre Birch Island Preserve remains undisturbed in its natural state. Residents donated the preserve to the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust in 1988 to ensure future generations of people and wildlife would be able to enjoy it. There is better access for the public on Birch Island at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s Helen & Walter Norton Preserve. Click here for details.


Visitor Guidelines

  • Open dawn to dusk.
  • Carry in, carry out.
  • Pedestrian use only.
  • No open fires.
  • No camping.
  • Dogs must be on leash during bird nesting season, April 15-July 31. All other times, dogs must be under owner control and not bother wildlife, neighbors or other users.
  • Carry out all dog waste.
  • Hunting is allowed. Wear blaze orange and take appropriate safety precautions during hunting season.
  • Please respect wildlife, neighbors and other users.
  • Power driven mobility devices are not allowed.