Great Heath Public Reserved Land
The word “heath” evokes images of an expansive, watery landscape, lush with unusual plants, the air filled with the chirp and song of birds. If your idea of a great vacation includes a Maine canoeing or kayaking experience against just such a backdrop, Great Heath Public Reserved Land will not disappoint. The 6,000-acre public land in Maine’s Down East region includes the Pleasant River as it meanders through the largest raised bog in the state.
Canoes and kayaks are, in fact, the only way to access The Great Heath. In addition to terrific bird watching and fishing, visitors to this serene, remote area can observe the often curious plant life that manages to thrive in the nutrient-poor, acidic environment of the typical bog or heath. Cranberries and blueberries are just the beginning!
Several small or hand-carry boat launches are available along the river, as well as occasional primitive campsites. Designated a Class-A river, meaning it has the highest national importance based on natural and recreational values, Pleasant River supports self-sustaining runs of Atlantic salmon.
As at other Maine public reserved lands, hunting and trapping are permitted here, subject to certain rules. And don’t forget your camera! Open to the public year round, Great Heath Public Reserved Land promises photographers, both professional and amateur, ample opportunities for fascinating close-ups and stunning vista shots.