Forming the heart of a 28-mile network of trails in Waldo County, the Midcoast Conservancy’s Northern Headwaters Preserve includes prime habitat for spawning salmon on the Sheepscot River. The preserve is open year round where visitors can hike, hunt, fish, snowshoe, and observe native wildlife.
The Pemaquid Fishermen’s Cooperative property is adjacent to Pemaquid Harbor in the town of Bristol. Approximately 50 fishing and harvesting families are supported by this property’s working waterfront access. LMF grant funds helped finance infrastructure investments such as maintenance of a state-of-the-art chilled seawater system.
Boothbay Region Land Trust’s 63-acre Penny Lake Preserve features a couple miles of family friendly trails, including one that is ADA handicapped accessible. The property’s wetlands attract many species of wildlife, including birds, turtles, beaver, deer, and an occasional moose.
The River-Link is a five-mile trail and wildlife corridor on the spine of the Boothbay Peninsula. Connecting multiple conservation lands, it begins at Dodge Point in Newcastle and heads south into Edgecomb offering opportunities to hike, snowshoe, hunt, birdwatch, and observe wildlife along the way.
Roberts Wharf property provides permanent commercial fishing access on Barter’s Island in the town of Boothbay. Accommodating up to 10 fishermen, this 1.9-acre property includes two pier structures, convenient deep water access, moorings, and gear storage space.
Located in Stockton Springs, this 100-acre park is located on a historical point at the mouth of the Penobscot River. The park features a sandy beach, two miles of gentle hiking trails, and ample opportunities to observe wildlife, including resident osprey and migratory shorebirds.
Located in Owls Head, the Ship to Shore Lobster Wharf serves more than 30 fishing boats with all-tide access, bait, fuel, parking, and two hydraulic winches with booms. There are roughly 100 families supported from the commercial fishing activities on the wharf. Landings at the wharf include lobster, but in the future the hope is to handle shrimp, scallops, crab, clams and worms.
The South Bristol Fisherman’s Co-op property is the single most important commercial fishing access point in Lincoln County, landing about 830,000 pounds of lobster and about 930,000 pounds of shrimp annually. Founded in 1972 by 12 local fishermen, the Co-op now serves roughly 40 boats and 70 fishermen.
Phippsburg Land Trust’s Sprague Pond Preserve includes 114 acres surrounding a nearly 10-acre spring-fed pond. Hikers can explore the pond’s shoreline and nearby forests, enjoying scenic views and excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.
The Spruce Head Fishermen’s Cooperative is one of the most significant lobster landing sites on the coast of Maine and supports over 75 boats. Successful completion of this project not only secured working access for the fishermen, but benefited over 100 families who are supported by the revenue generated across this property.
Located in the town of Bath, this 96-acre Kennebec Estuary Land Trust Preserve features 3.5 miles of family-friendly hiking trails near the shores of the Kennebec River. Once an important trading spot for native Abenaki Indians, Thorne Head offers commanding views of the area and excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, just minutes from downtown Bath.