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Lobster Cove Meadow and Penny Lake
Photo by Boothbay Region Land Trust

Lobster Cove Meadow and Penny Lake

Guidelines for Use of LMF Properties

Walking/Hiking Wildlife Observation/Study Cross-country skiing/Snow-shoeing Dog-Walking Hunting/Trapping 

Project Description

The Boothbay Regional Land Trust has created many popular preserves on the Boothbay peninsula, protecting valuable wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities for community residents. A Land for Maine’s Future Program grant and funds from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service helped to create two new preserves encompassing both Boothbay Harbor’s major freshwater wetlands. The properties are rich in wildlife, allowing visitors to see bald eagles, egrets, waterfowl and many small mammals.

The 29-acre Penny Lake Preserve lies in the center of Boothbay Harbor, next door to both the elementary and the high school–giving students a convenient setting in which to study the natural world through ongoing field projects. A half-mile loop trail runs past woods, fields and freshwater wetlands that are home to beaver, moose, turtles, frogs and a diverse array of plants.

Lobster Meadow has historical as well as ecological value, having been a homestead site in the early 1600s. It was later used as a grist mill and then dammed in the 1880s to make an ice pond. The 37-acre area also saw some mining for sand and gravel in the 1900s. A mile-long hiking trail provides views of Lobster Cove Meadow, and great birdwatching opportunities during much of the year.