MCHT’s Elizabeth Noyce Preserve is located on the southern end of Louds Island, an 813-acre island located in Lincoln County on the western side of Muscongus Bay. Situated less than a mile from the mainland, the mostly wooded preserve includes more than one mile of boulder and cobble shoreline. A large wetland is located in the central section of the preserve and a few large fern meadows exist near its southern tip.
A roughly 0.75 mile long woods road traverses the preserve from its northern boundary to the cobble beach on the southern shore. From the beach, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of outer Muscongus Bay and numerous surrounding islands. During low tide, a rocky isthmus connects the preserve with privately-owned Bar Island. Please note that the woods road continues north of the preserve onto privately owned land.
Louds Island has long history of human habitation. First settled in the mid-1700s by William Loud, the island was inhabited by year-round residents until 1962. Today, there are seasonal homes on the island and signs of past inhabitants include stonewalls and foundations.
- No Camping Permitted
- No Fires Permitted
- Stay on the Established Trail
- Carry Out All Trash
- Including Human and Pet Waste and Toilet Paper
- Keep Pets Under Control
- Please Respect the Privacy of Preserve Neighbors
How to Get There
The nearest boat ramp is in the village of Round Pond, about a mile to the west. The exposed and rocky shoreline around most of the preserve does not permit easy landing by boat. Kayaks and dinghies can be landed on the cobble beach near the southern tip if the seas are relatively calm, and larger vessels can anchor - with some caution - just east of the bar between Louds and Bar Islands.