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The Monroe Island Project

At 225 acres, Monroe Island is one of the largest undeveloped islands in the Midcoast.

Any easy paddle from Owls Head Harbor, it is a perfect destination for a day of exploration or camping. Monroe is ringed with pocket beaches and rocky ledges. An interior trail network winds through spruce forest, open meadows, and past several ponds. The north end offers a beautiful grassy picnic spot with spectacular views of Penobscot Bay, Camden Hills, and Owls Head Lighthouse.

View of Monroe Island from the air

On the mainland, MCHT’s new Owls Head Harbor Beach Preserve holds potential as a launch site for small hand-carried boats. The town owns the abutting property and the town and MCHT are now partnering to further expand beach access and parking opportunities for Monroe visitors.

Here’s the thing: Monroe isn’t open to the public—yet. Maine Coast Heritage Trust is now fundraising to turn Monroe into an outstanding Midcoast preserve. Thanks to generous donors, the goal to raise $1.9 million by August 1, 2018 to acquire and forever steward the island is within reach. But help from the Midcoast community and others is critical to getting there.

Now through May 2018 we have an exciting opportunity to raise $300,000 to help complete the project. Thanks to a challenge grant from the Partridge Foundation, there’s a dollar-for-dollar match on every dollar raised from the community for Monroe Island—up to $150,000 for a total contribution to the project of $300,000.

Donate today and double your gift!

Town/County: Owls Head, Knox County
Project size: 225 acres
Project cost: $1,900,000

For more information about Monroe Island and making a matching gift, please contact:

David Warren
Development Department
Maine Coast Heritage Trust
1 Bowdoin Mill Island #201
Topsham, ME 04086