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South Lubec Sand Bar

South Lubec Sand Bar

Guidelines for Use of LMF Properties

Project Description

Sand beaches are a rare geological feature in downeast Maine, making this mile-long spit off Lubec even more unusual. It parallels the shore between West Quoddy State Park and the town of Lubec and can be seen from both settings. An extensive salt marsh lies along its landward side with a unique raised peatland known as Carrying Place Cove Bog. The extensive mudflats surrounding the site provide feeding and roosting habitat for a wide variety of shorebirds and an important stopover for migratory birds. Species such as Northern harriers, merlins and short-eared owls rely on the sand bar year-round, and semipalmated sandpipers, semipalmated plovers and black-bellied plovers are among the thousands of shorebirds that use the mud flats as a staging area in late summer.

As part of a Land for Maine’s Future project, the State took ownership of this 12-acre sand bar, turning over long-term management responsibilities to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.