This mostly forested 122 acre preserve forms the southern end of Friendship Long Island. Its namesake natural feature is a peninsula on the island’s southwest corner with two coves on either side. At the head of each cove is a sandy/fine gravel beach. Most of the preserve’s remaining shoreline consists of granite ledges, except for the portion facing “Minister Gut” where the shore is made up of a mix of fringing marsh and ledge.
Much of the preserve is surrounded by deep water. However, the portion on Ministers Gut nearly flats out at low tide. At high tide, there are many easy small boat access points along the shore, with good anchorage in either of the two coves. There is a pier available on the southern end of the preserve that is inaccessible around all but mid to high tide.
Visitors will find short trails that explore the preserve’s interior, including the remains of the former Thomas family homestead. Look for signs of deer, snowshoe hare, fox, raccoons, and other small mammals in the forest. Bald eagles and great blue herons are often spotted from the shoreline, visiting from nearby nesting islands. Scan the offshore water for harbor seals, harbor porpoises, eider ducks, guillemots, cormorants, loons, and other marine inhabitants. Please note that trails leave the preserve and cross onto privately owned property. If you follow the trails beyond the MCHT preserve, please respect private property owners.
- No Camping Permitted
- 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 the Privacy of Preserve Neighbors
How to Get There
The nearest public boat launches are located in Friendship Harbor and Hatchett Cove (hand-carry only), with another excellent option roughly 6 miles away in Round Pond. At low tide, the best access is at the beaches in the coves.