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The Goslings

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Thanks to outstanding public support including several generous large donations, MCHT was able to purchase the Goslings in 2014. Their previous owners offered the islands to the Trust at a reduced rate, hoping to see them permanently conserved for public enjoyment and their great scenic beauty. The Goslings are beloved by the boating public, and experienced a long history of public enjoyment under private ownership. 

These beautiful islands lie just to the southeast of Lower Goose Island in Harpswell. This mini-archipelago includes West Goslings (4.1 acres), East Gosling (8.6 acres) and Irony Island (1 acre). The two larger islands support a mix of conifers and hardwoods, while Irony is little more than a narrow strip of ledge crowned with wind-beaten spruce and fir. For much of the summer, a resident osprey pair nests on the southern half of West Gosling. Please do not enter this area between April 1st and July 31st.

First come, first served camping is open to the public at the north end of West Gosling, where there is room for several tents. There is also a smaller campsite at the southern tip of East Gosling, where there is room for one or two small tents. At the north end of East Gosling, there is a campsite for large groups (groups up to 15) that is only available by reservation with MCHT. Be forewarned that if you camp in this site without reserving it, you may find yourself evicted by a group with reservations! 

Note: Many years of poor dog (and dog waste) management led to dogs being banned entirely in the past. MCHT is now allowing dogs under strict voice or leash control on a trial basis. All waste must be packed out, so please be prepared with bags.

Parking note: If you plan to park at the Mere Point Boat Launch you need to contact the Brunswick Department of Marine Resources to acquire a special parking permit. Overnight parking is not allowed in this lot without this permit. Please contact the Brunswick Harbor Master, Dan Devereaux by email or phone (207-721-4312), for more information about how to acquire this permit.

Preserve information/guidelines

  • Camp At Established Campsites (see map) 
    • Limit Stay to 2 Nights
    • 15 person maximum at large group campsites, 6 person limit at smaller campsites
    • Use of large group site by reservation only
    • Commercial Users by Permission Only. Please call 207-729-7366. 
  • Fires By Permit Only - Maine State Law 
    • Contact Maine Forest Service at 1-800-750-9777 for permit
    • Keep All Fires Below High Tide Line – Do Not Build Fire Rings
    • 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 Strict Voice or Leash Control
  • Do Not Remove Archaeological Artifacts

How to Get There: The Goslings are easily accessible at all tides. The best places to land are the northwestern shores of either of the larger islands; landing on Irony is not advised. The closest boat ramp is the Mere Point Public Launch in Brunswick, just over three miles to the north-northeast.

These are just a few of our preserves, be sure to check out the full list of beautiful places to visit along the Maine coast.