Tinker Island, a prominent 430-acre landmark in Blue Hill Bay, has long been a popular destination for picnicking, beachcombing, camping, and hunting. Area residents grew concerned when both halves of the island were placed on the open market for a combined price of $3.5 million. The southern half, which had an approved 10-lot subdivision in place, sold quickly for its asking price–causing speculation that the island was slated for major development.
Fortunately, though, the owners of both halves valued the island’s natural beauty. The owners of Tinker’s northern half generously agreed to sell their property for well below the asking price so that Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) could keep it wild in perpetuity. A generous grant from the Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) program and private donations enabled the Trust to complete the purchase.
MCHT worked as well with owners of the southern half, who donated a conservation easement that will keep144 acres in an entirely natural state, while leaving a homestead area that permits construction of three clustered residences. This private conservation land buffers the wild qualities of MCHT’s preserve on the island’s northern end. The easement on the island’s southern half is not part of the LMF project and does not provide guaranteed public use.
The protection of Tinker Island helps to complete a 30-year effort to conserve the major islands in Blue Hill Bay, including Long, Bartlett, Hardwood, and Moose islands.
Camping opportunities are limited to two sites. Commercial users and groups of more than six people should contact Maine Coast Heritage Trust in advance concerning overnight use. Learn more about use of campsites on Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s website.
Bird & other wildlife watching, hiking, backcountry camping, hunting, fishing, swimming, canoeing, and kayaking
Downeast Maine – Hancock & Washington
Directions from nearest town
DeLorme Maine Atlas and Gazetteer Map 16, C-1. See also NOAA chart 13316, “Blue Hill Bay.” Please remain on the northern portion of the island owned by MCHT (delineated by signage on site).