The Goslings Open House
East Gosling (8.6 acres), West Gosling (4.1 acres), and tiny Irony Island ring one of the sandiest, most protected anchorages in upper Casco Bay. Connected by a sand bar at low tide, small beaches on the two Goslings offer a perfect place to soak up the sun or search for treasures carried in on the tide. Explore the shady island interiors or climb around the perimeter of the islands and bring your binoculars to spy on the seal colony on the nearby rock ledges.
We’ll be grilling hot dogs on the beach to complete the perfect island getaway and laidback vibe of a visit to The Goslings. The large cove is often scattered with local boaters rafted together to enjoy the great pleasure of a warm summer day in Maine. If you have your own boat, meet us there!
In 2014, thanks to the support of a large number of local residents, MCHT was able to raise close to $1 million in a few short months to purchase The Goslings and protect public access forever.
Our volunteer ShoreKeepers will be running shuttles from the Mere Point public boat launch in Brunswick aboard open skiffs which can accommodate 5-8 people at a time. The ride to the Goslings is approximately 15 minutes. We will provide mandatory life vests or bring your own if you have one.
Participants must be agile enough to step off the dock into a small boat and then climb out over the side of the boat onto the beach at the island. At The Goslings, be prepared to get your feet wet as we bump up on the beach to disembark. This trip is appropriate (and encouraged!) for children.
The shuttles will depart from the boat launch approximately every 15 minutes between 10:00 am and 1:30 pm. The last boat will depart from The Goslings at 2:45 pm.
We will be sending people to the island in order of arrival. Please sign in with the MCHT greeters upon your arrival at the dock.
Although pre-registration is not required for this trip, we recommend it so we know how many people to expect and can contact you if we have to cancel due to bad weather.
What to Bring:
Wear footwear appropriate for climbing along on the rocky shoreline, sandy beaches, and paths. Be prepared to get your feet wet disembarking from the boat at the island. Wear a bathing suit and bring a towel if you’d like to swim.
There are no bathroom facilities on the islands or boats. Please be prepared to carry any waste off the island. There are bathroom facilities at the boat launch on the mainland.
Although we allow dogs on The Goslings, we ask that you leave your pets at home for this event, given the small boats and the large number of people we will be hosting on the island.
- Appropriate clothing, hat, and extra layers (windbreaker, rain jacket, fleece)
- Bathing suit and towel if desired
- Shoes, sandals, or rubber boots that can get wet getting on and off the boat. Bring a dry pair to change into if you wish.
- Sunglasses and a hat
- Insect repellent
- Water and snacks or a picnic lunch. (You will need to carry off all trash.)
If high winds or steady rain are predicted, we will cancel 24 hours in advance. We will notify everyone who pre-registered via email. If fog or drizzle are in the forecast, we will hold the open house because we know you are rugged!
- From Rt. 295 north and south, take exit 28 to merge onto US Rt. 1 north. Continue straight through 4 lights to Maine Street, Brunswick.
- Take a right on Maine Street and travel approximately 6 miles to left on Birch Island Road and sign for Mere Point Boat Launch.
Please contact us at or call (207) 729-7366
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This event takes place at our The Goslings preserve.
This trifecta of small islands features idyllic sand beaches and inviting campsites in the heart of Casco Bay.