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The Goslings Open House

July 17, 2017 - 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Departing from (or event address): Mere Point Boat Launch, Birch Island Road, Brunswick

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Cost: Free! Registration is not required, but your RSVP helps us know how many people to plan for. Shuttles will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis from 10 am - 12:30 pm. Space is limited.

This trip is full

Thank you for your interest in the Goslings Open House. Unfortunately, we are at capacity for this free event and are not accepting any more sign-ups.

The MCHT ShoreKeepers, our advisory group of young conservation-minded donors, are hosting a free Open House on The Goslings – one of the best-loved island destinations on Casco Bay.

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 rocky edges of the islands and bring your binoculars to spy on the seal colony on the nearby rock ledges.

The ShoreKeepers will be grilling hot dogs on the beach to complete the perfect island getaway and laidback vibe of an afternoon on 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.

This trip is appropriate (and encouraged!) for children. Please bring youth-sized life jackets if you own them.

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.

Boat Shuttles:

Our volunteer ShoreKeepers will be running shuttles approximately every 15 minutes from the Mere Point public boat launch in Brunswick between 10:00 am and 12:30 pm. The open skiffs can accommodate 5-8 people at a time, and 120 people over the course of the day, for the 15-minute ride to The Goslings. We will provide mandatory life vests or bring your own if you have one.

At the island, we’ll be shuttling ashore in a dinghy. Participants must be agile enough to climb from the boat into the dinghy, and from the dinghy onto the beach as there is no dock. Please wear footwear that can get wet getting on and off the boat (boots, watershoes, Teva-style sandals, etc.).

Please sign-in with the MCHT greeters upon your arrival at the dock. We will be sending people to the island in order of arrival, in groups of five or six. 

The last boat will depart from The Goslings at 2:00 pm.

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. 

There are no bathroom facilities on the islands or boats. Please be prepared to carry any waste off the island. There are outhouses at the boat launch on the mainland.

  • Appropriate clothing, and extra layers (windbreaker, rain jacket, fleece)
  • Wear a bathing suit and bring a towel if you'd like to swim
  • 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 hat
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent
  • Camera and/or binoculars
  • Water and snacks or a picnic lunch. (You will need to carry off all trash.)


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 a left on Birch Island Road and the sign for Mere Point Boat Launch. (The street becomes Mere Point Road at a slight left in the road approximately a mile out of town.)


Please contact us at or call (207) 729-7366

Learn more about The Goslings Preserve.

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