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Mitchell Marsh

Located in Tremont, this 35-acre preserve features serene views of Blue Hill Bay, an expansive coastal marshland, and a cobble beach to explore.

Mitchell Marsh is great for:

Paddling - Steer your kayak to Mitchell Marsh’s cobble beach to enjoy a break from the water and a quiet picnic lunch.

Birdwatching - Pack your binoculars and discover the preserve’s diverse wetland and coastal habitats where many shorebirds and waterfowl visit throughout the year.

How to get there

Although located on Mount Desert Island, this preserve is only accessible from the water. Small boats and kayaks can land easily on the property’s beach. The nearest public boat ramp is on the west side of Bass Harbor (village of Bernard), which is about a 2.75-mile paddle along the shore. There is also public water access in Seal Cove to the north, which would be about a 4.3-mile paddle along the shore. 

Get directions from Google Maps Printable preserve map (527KB PDF)

Notes on topography, flora, and fauna

The preserve’s dominant feature is its namesake marsh. More than 30 acres of the property are classified as wetlands, while the remaining 4.5 acres are wooded upland and cobble beach. The diverse wetland habitats are frequented by a host of species including shorebirds, tidal waterfowl, and wading birds. 

How this place became open to the public

MCHT acquired the Mitchell Marsh Preserve in 2008.

This place belongs to all of us. Help us take care of it!

Preserve information/guidelines

  • No Camping Permitted
  • No Fires Permitted
  • Carry Out All Trash
    • Including Human and Pet Waste and Toilet Paper
  • Keep Pets Under Control
  • Please Respect the Privacy of Preserve Neighbors