Maine Coast Heritage Trust has a new island under option to purchase and while the conservation group fundraises (they need $4.8 million by 2020), they’re showing off their future purchase. Clark Island, south of Thomaston, is reachable by a causeway – a dirt road – and the land trust is opening it up for an event to show off its potential as a public preserve.

The whole island is 175 acres; the trust will manage 120 acres of it as a preserve, presuming it meets its goals to buy it.

What can you see? A former quarry, a few pocket beaches and a session exploring the tidepools (that’s at 12:30 p.m.). A guided nature walk is scheduled for noon. If you aren’t up for a walk, the trust is providing a shuttle service to get a look at the views and the island’s interior.

Prepare for a low-tide exploration; translation, pack your water shoes and maybe wear your swimsuit. And sunscreen of course.



WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 19

WHERE: Meet at the Craignair Inn, 5 3rd St., Spruce Head, for the hot dog lunch or take the Clark Island Road and after about a mile, start looking for parking signs. Guests will be shuttled from the parking area (at the Hurricane Island Program’s lot) to Clark Island.

HOW: Free, but registration is required. Visit to sign up. For more information, email [email protected] or call 729-7366.

Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or login first for digital access. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.

filed under: