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Crooked Farm
Photo by Pemaquid Watershed Association

Crooked Farm

Guidelines for Use of LMF Properties

Walking/Hiking Wildlife Observation/Study Dog-Walking Fishing Hunting/Trapping Canoeing/Kayaking 

Project Description

Crooked Farm, lying in a secluded setting along the Pemaquid River, supports an unusual diversity of plants and animals due to varied habitats–from wetlands, fields and forests to high knolls and ravines. Along its 1.27 miles of river frontage, both warm and cold water species of game fish spawn. The wetlands and uplands offer an ever-changing collage of flowering and fruiting plants, from pink lady slippers, rose pogonia, and purple-fringed orchid to wild iris and cardinal flower.

The property provides rare public access to the Pemaquid River and offers a critical link on the Pemaquid Canoe Trail, a 17-mile route from the northern end of Pemaquid Pond (near Route One in Nobleboro) to Pemaquid Harbor in New Harbor. With support from the Land for Maine’s Future Program and through a joint partnership with the Pemaquid Watershed Association (PWA), the Damariscotta River Association acquired the Crooked Farm property, transferred title to PWA, and retained a conservation easement. The preserve is managed jointly by the two organizations.

A 2.6-mile loop trail meanders through forests, meadows, and wetlands, passing along portions of the Pemaquid River (with a side trail leading to an overlook on Boyd Pond). Hand-launch river access is provided via a 0.2-mile trail from the parking area. In summer, a canoe is available for use at the Preserve: contact PWA at 563-2196 for more details.