Essential Roseate tern habitat and part of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Little Thrumcap is a traditional day trip destination with a great beach and wide ocean views. Please observe seasonal closures for nesting birds. Managing organizations: Owned by the US Fish & Wildlife Service, with support from Coastal Rivers Trail Description: A short trail crosses from the beach to the south side of the island. Most of the island is brushy with few trees, offering panoramic views of the mouth of the Damariscotta River to the west, Johns Bay to the north and east, and the open ocean …

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Hatchtown Preserve in Bristol was donated to PWA by the Pangilinan-Borromeo family in 2015. The intent is to keep this land along the Pemaquid River in a natural state, allow public enjoyment of the area, and to provide access to the river by non-motorized kayak and canoe. Managing organization: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Trail Abstract: This preserve consists of 35 acres along the west side of the Pemaquid River from south of the Hatchtown Bridge on the Lower Round Pond Rd down to the inlet into Boyd Pond. The primary conservation value is the undisturbed habitat along the shore of the …

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One of few intact saltwater farms in the Midcoast, this 146-acre wildlife preserve was acquired in several pieces starting in 1994 with the help of generous members, neighbors, and donors, including Betty Noyce. LEARN MORE ABOUT SALT BAY FARM Managing organization: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Description: A variety of habitats in close proximity make the Farm a regional birding destination. Other highlights of the property include Twin Villages Foodbank Farm, a popular sledding hill, salt and restored freshwater wetlands with an observation platform, and trails through forest and meadow along Great Salt Bay, Maine’s first Marine Protected Area. Directions to Trailhead: …

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The Crooked Farm Preserve was established in 2002, as a result of a community partnership among Crook family, the Carpenter’s Boat Shop, the Pemaquid Watershed Association, and the Damariscotta River Association, along with the financial support of the local community and funding from the Land for Maine’s Future Program in collaboration with the Maine Department of Conservation. Managing organization: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Description: Crooked Farm Preserve is open to the public for walking, boating, hunting and fishing with nearly 130 acres of forest, wetlands, and open fields, complete with high knolls and ravines. Its gravel streambeds are spawning habitat for …

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Whaleback is an 11 acre property owned by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands and operated cooperatively with Coastal Rivers. Managing organizations: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust/Partner Owned Description: The site once contained a massive oyster shell heap or midden formed over a period of more than 1,000 years by Native Americans. The shells were processed for chicken feed in the late 1800’s, leaving behind just a fraction of the original mounds. Interpretive storyboards relate the history of the middens, their accumulation and destruction, and also share stories of the Upper Damariscotta River. A swinging bench by the shore affords an …

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Seal Cove Shore Preserve lies on the western side of the cove bearing its name. A wooded property, it contains fresh and saltwater wetlands, towering white pines, and 3,000 feet of water frontage. Seal Cove provides wading bird and waterfowl habitat and supports extensive and economically significant clam flats. The shoreline is marked by a minor cove or “bight” frequented by wading birds and small fish, including at least two species of sticklebacks (native minnows). Managing organizations: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Trail Abstract: A spur trail leads along a ridge then crosses primeval wetland to the start of a one mile …

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Tracy Shore is a property of the Town of South Bristol along the eastern shore of Jones Cove on the Damariscotta River. A well-marked system of trails wends its way past vernal pools, cascading streams, and cliffs adorned in rock tripe and ferns, culminating at a promontory affording stunning views of the cove and river. Much of the viewshed is protected by conservation easements donated to the DRA by preservation-minded neighbors. Read “Featured Trail: Discovering Tracy Shore” and see a photo gallery of images (May 26, 2016). Managing organizations: Partner owned/Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust co-managed Trail Abstract Mr. and Dr. (Mrs.) …

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Stratton Island was one of Coastal Rivers’ (then DRA’s) very first acquisitions. The 28-acre island was a gift of the late Ann Stratton in 1988. The Strattons of Shreveport, Louisiana traveled to Maine every summer and until 1938 made Hodgdon’s their “menigawum,” which according to family tradition means “island home.” They kept a cow and built a large log cabin on the land. Sign of their habitation can still be seen, but, save for a well-defined foot trail, the human presence has faded into the background. Managing organizations: Coastal Rivers Trail Description Both eagles and osprey have nested on the …

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The preserve consists of approximately 85 acres of wooded land with over a mile of shoreline along the Damariscotta River, with rocky points, quarries, and views of both Seal Cove and Long Cove. Damariscotta River Association, now Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust, acquired the original 71-acre property in 1991. A 2022 fundraising campaign allowed for purchase of the point’s 14-acre tip from the Ulin and Richardson families, uniting the entire peninsula under the land trust’s care.  Read Plummer Point Preserve – A History Read Plummer Point Now Whole – January 2023 article Managing Organizations: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Description Plummer Point is a …

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About Dodge Point: Dodge Point was once an award winning tree farm owned by the Freeman Family. The State of Maine purchased it in 1989, with help and funding from the Damariscotta River Association, the Maine Coastal Program, and the Land for Maine’s Future Program. Towering plantation red pine still dominate much of the forest and the State continues the longstanding tradition of careful timber harvest at regular intervals. Dodge Point boasts an extensive trail system and is the northeast terminus of the River-Link Trail. Coastal Rivers maintains a dock on the Dodge Point shore for public use. Dodge Point …

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