Stratton Island

Length: < 0.75 miles


  • easy

Permitted Use:

Stratton Island was one of 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:   Damariscotta River Association.

Trail Abstract: Both eagles and osprey call the island home today, and visitors should give the eagles in particular a wide berth, especially during nesting season. Please enquire with DRA about canoes, which may be available for members to use to access Stratton Island from the mainland. DRA granted permission to the Maine Island Trail Association to list the island for day use.

Directions to Trailhead:  Stratton Island, called Hodgson’s or Hodgdon’s on the charts, lies at the north end of Seal Cove on the Damariscotta River in South Bristol. Access is most reliable at Boat House Beach on the northeast end of the island. Keep an eye on the tides!

Preserve Guidelines:

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