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Battle Island, Penobscot

This small island preserve in Hancock County features lovely views of the Bagaduce River Estuary and many vantage points to spot wildlife.


Battle Island is great for:

Paddling – Launch your kayak from the nearest public boat launch in Penobscot for a challenging two-mile excursion to this scenic stop along the Maine Island Trail.

Camping – Spend a quiet night in the heart of the Bagaduce River, surrounded by conservation land in all directions.

Wildlife Observation – Enjoy a picnic lunch while surveying for harbor seals, eagles, shorebirds, and other wildlife that frequent the area.

How to get there

Although Battle Island is very close to shore, access is best via boat, as the mudflats around the island would make for difficult wading. The nearest public boat launch is just under two miles further upstream at the village of Penobscot in Winslow Cove. The ramp is paved, and useable at all but low tide. There is vehicle parking at the launch, though it is not well defined.

Get directions from Google Maps Printable Preserve Map

For a complete map with legend and guidelines, click on the Printable Preserve Map above.

Notes on topography, flora & fauna

Two-acre Battle Island rises from the Bagaduce River in the town of Penobscot in Hancock County. Aside from its steep embankments, the island is almost entirely flat. Red oak, white pine, and red spruce are the dominant tree species. During low tide, the island is connected to the mainland and MCHT’s Till’s Point Preserve across mudflats.

How this place became open to the public

Battle Island was acquired by MCHT in 2011 through a bargain sale. Maine Island Trail Association was also a contributing partner in the protection of this island.

This place belongs to all of us. Help us take care of it!

Preserve information/guidelines

  • Camp At Established Campsite
    • Limit Stay to 2 Nights
    • Groups of 6 or More and Commercial Users by Permission Only. Please call 207-729-7366.
  • No Fires Permitted
  • Carry Out All Trash
    • Including Human and Pet Waste and Toilet Paper
  • Keep Pets Under Control