The Sipp Bay Preserve, consisting of grassy fields and a 76-acre woodland, provides habitat for many species of birds and animals. Much of the low ground is wet cedar forest which provides winter habitat for white-tailed deer and cover for many bird species. On the higher elevations, red oak and white pine provide food and shelter for other animals. Most noteworthy is the pair of bald eagles which has nested here for many years. Large portions of both the eastern and western shores include commercially valuable and easily accessed shellfish habitat as well as important tidal wading bird and waterfowl habitat.
Sipp Bay is named for Scipeo Dalton, an African American who lived with his wife in a cabin above the Narrows in 1790. The Passamaquoddy called this place Kci-puna-muhkatik, “big frostfish (tomcod) spawning place”. The entire region is important to the Passamaquoddy Tribe, as their ancestors would have camped and hunted on what is now the preserve while accessing the bountiful fishing grounds in Sipp and East bays by canoe. More recently, the property was part of Knowlton’s Dairy farm and the former Knowlton Campground.
Short trails head along the shoreline at the end of the peninsula. Longer trails can be accessed at the end of the gravel road to the west of the first parking area. The hiking trails provide excellent views of the surrounding bays and offer many opportunities for wildlife watching. There is a hand-carry boat launch available, but please remember that the upper innermost bay empties of water at low tide and this large tidal range causes very strong currents.
The Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) program and the Open Space Conservancy’s “Saving New England Wildlife Fund” provided partial funding for the acquisition.
- Fires By Permit Only - Maine State Law
- Contact Maine Forest Service at 207-827-1800 for Permit
- Keep All Fires Below High Tide Line
- Do Not Cut or Break Tree Limbs, Dead or Alive
- Leave No Fire Unattended
- Completely Extinguish All Fires
- Carry Out All Trash
- Including Human and Pet Waste and Toilet Paper
- Keep Pets Under Control
- Please respect privacy of preserve neighbors
- Please be aware that this preserve is used for marine harvesting as well as recreation.
How to Get There
Access to the preserve is from US Route 1 in Perry via Burby Road. From the west, follow Route 1 north from the intersection of Route 1 and Route 214 in Pembroke 3.8 miles and turn right on Burby Road. From the east and the intersection of Route 1 and Route 190 in Perry, follow Route 1 south 2.8 miles and turn left on Burby Road. Follow Burby Road 0.75 miles onto the peninsula.