Eastern River Preserve

Location and Description

Location: Pittston, Maine

Property Description: This 22 acre property features over 3,000 feet of frontage on the Eastern River. A 14 mile-long tributary of the Kennebec River, the Eastern River starts in East Pittston at the confluence of its west and east branches, and flows southwest past the historic village of Dresden Mills into the Kennebec River.

Located off of the Blodgett Road in Pittston, this KLT Preserve will be managed to protect wildlife habitat and water quality, for low impact outdoor recreation, and for nature observation. A short meandering path will provide public access to the River and will feature the property’s mixed hardwood and conifer forest, 1,000 feet of frontage on tidal Otter Creek, and scenic views of the Eastern River and an extensive oxbow.

This permanently protected conservation property protects important wildlife habitat for wood ducks, common mergansers, and mallards, and wading birds including great blue herons and American bittern, as well as bald eagles, osprey, kingfisher, and the species they eat, such as alewife. In addition, the riverbanks serve as travel corridors for white-tailed deer, bobcat, coyotes, and black bear. Many areas along the riverbank support large trees, providing nesting sites for pileated woodpeckers and barred owls.

At this time (winter, 2018-2019) there are no established trails or signs.

 Eastern River Preserve, Photo: Theresa Kerchner

Eastern River Preserve, Photo: Theresa Kerchner