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Trails & Preserves that are Accessible by Boat Only

Birch Island South Preserve

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… Read more

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Crow Island Preserve

Crow Island is a small gem of an island in Casco Bay on the coast of Maine. Crow is open for camping, and is part of the Maine Island Trail. The small 3-acre wooded island is surrounded by broad, highly productive mud flats at low tide. The southwestern part of the island is a great… Read more

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Doughty Point and Island Preserve

The 40-acre forested peninsula and a 2-acre island on the northern end of Great Island make up wild Doughty Point and Island Preserve. The peninsula is covered by a mature forest of white pine, red spruce, red oak, and mixed hardwoods. Spartina grasses fringe the point with extensive tidal mudflats to the east. An old… Read more

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Helen and Walter Norton Preserve on Birch Island

The Helen and Walter Norton Preserve is a beautiful spot to pull out of the water in Middle Bay and enjoy a picnic, swim, or camping trip. This preserve is on the Maine Island Trail. The property has a fascinating history, having previously hosted native Americans, a shipyard, and then a boy’s camp. A shell… Read more

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Little Yarmouth Island Preserve

Little Yarmouth Island Preserve consists of the southern half of Little Yarmouth Island at the entrance to Quahog Bay. It is one of a network of conserved islands in eastern Casco Bay, which serve as important habitat for birds and other animals and maintain the dramatic scenic views generations have enjoyed. The 13-acre preserve is… Read more

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Strawberry Creek Preserve

Harpswell is blessed with a wealth of beautiful, iconic, natural vistas. Consider the seascape off Basin Point, the fishing harbor at Mackerel Cove, or Long Reach as seen from the high ledges of the Cliff Trail. So, it’s appropriate that the view from the Town Office on Mountain Road looking south to the mouth of… Read more

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White Island Preserve

The mudflats off the southern portion of White Island in Middle Bay provide excellent bird habitat. Wetlands on the property provide crucial habitat for shore, land, and wading birds. Bald eagles and osprey have been sighted nearby, and it is a popular stopover for migrating birds and waterfowl during their spring and annual migrations. Explore… Read more

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