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Calderwood Island Exploration

July 21, 2017 - 1:00 pm-5:00 pm

Departing from (or event address): Deer Isle Yacht Club, 319 Durham's Point Road, Deer Isle

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Cost: $25 MCHT donors // $50 general public

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This summer, we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the conservation of Calderwood Island!

Join us for a wonderful afternoon of exploration on Calderwood which sits just off the eastern edge of North Haven island. At 75 acres, Calderwood is one of four sizeable islands that guard the entrance to the Fox Island Thorofare. All four islands are under conservation. We are celebrating twenty successful years managing Calderwood as a public preserve open to the public with two campsites and a network of trails crisscrossing the island.

The Calderwood family of North Haven acquired the island in 1769 and they retained ownership through 1963. History shows that the island was traditionally used for grazing sheep well into the 20th century. This may account for the low vegetation on much of the island which results in panoramic views from the meadow at the high point of the island.

Calderwood has long been a favorite spot among the locals for picnicking, beachcombing, camping, clamming, and berry picking. The island offers all the best terrain a Maine island can offer – shady pine forest, open meadows, sand and gravel beaches, and bold cliffs and rock ledges.


What to Expect:

We’ll set off for Calderwood from the Deer Isle Yacht Club across Penobscot Bay aboard The Katharine, a comfortable tour boat that also serves as the mailboat for the small community on Eagle Island. We’ll tow a dinghy and shuttle ashore at Calderwood. MCHT steward and naturalist Kirk Gentalen will lead a walk around the island and share his extensive knowledge of the flora and fauna of the region.

Come prepared for the elements. It is colder on the water – extra layers are strongly recommended. 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.).



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