The Kennebec Estuary is an Incredible Place!


Click on a tree icon to learn about each of our 8 preserves.

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The Kennebec Estuary contains more than 20% of Maine’s tidal marshes, a significant percentage of Maine’s sandy beach and globally rare pitch pine woodlands. More than two dozen rare plant species inhabit the area’s diverse natural communities. Eight imperiled animal species have been documented in the estuary in addition to some of the state’s best habitat for bald eagles. Click here for the Beginning with Habitat Focus Area Description (PDF download).

KELT has worked with many great partners to permanently protect over 18,000 acres of land in the Kennebec Estuary; and KELT owns 815 acres of land and holds 22 conservation easements on property in Bath, West Bath, Arrowsic, Woolwich, Georgetown, Westport Island, Bowdoinham and Dresden.

To learn more about our public preserves please click the links to the left.

  • Our public properties are available FREE to all.
  • Groups of 10 or more are requested to contact KELT prior to use.
  • Please no fires, alcoholic beverages, off-road vehicles, camping or littering.
  • Allowances for hunting and dogs vary by preserve. Read the individual listings.

DOWNLOAD the 2011 KELT GUIDE (pdf) of the estuary with descriptions and directions to 8  public preserves. Keep it in your car so you are ready for adventures!

WHISKEAG TRAIL – a 5-mile biking and hiking trail overseen by Bath Trails connects the Bath Area Family YMCA with KELT’s Thorne Head Preserve.  The Bath bus comes near the trail at several spots if you need a ride home.

Have a canine trail buddy? Two articles by Bangor Daily News outdoor reporter, Aislinn Sarnacki, asking the question…To leash or not to leash? Please read!