While only 600 feet from the mainland shore of Moose Neck in Addison, Tibbett Island (23 acres) offers convenient access to a truly wild and undeveloped Maine island.
The short distance across the channel makes it possible for small kayaks, skiffs, and similar vessels to land on the island at nearly any level of tide. Like many of the other islands in the area, Tibbett was historically used for sheep grazing and most of the island had few trees. Today the island is over 75% forested and covered primarily by white spruce (Picea glauca). The island is featured as a stopping point along on the acclaimed Maine Island Trail and has nearly a mile of shoreline to explore. This preserve was acquired with the support of the Land for Maine’s Future program in 2007.
Directions: From points east, take U.S. Route 1 and turn South onto ME-187/Indian River Road at Wild Blueberry Land. In 2 miles, turn right on Wescogus Road. Continue about 1.5 miles and turn left on East Side Road. Follow East Side Road about 6 miles and turn right onto Mooseneck Road. Continue on Mooseneck Road for 2.3 miles and turn left onto Narrows Road and park at the end of the road.
From points west, take US Route 1 to Columbia and turn right onto Addison Road (just before the Four Corners Market) and turn right onto Water Street after 1.8 miles. Proceed through the town of Addison and follow the East Side Road for 6 miles and turn right onto Mooseneck Road. Continue on Mooseneck Road for 2.3 miles and turn left onto Narrows Road and park at the end of the road.
Cross the narrow channel from the public beach. The distance is short and kayaks, canoes and small boats can make a quick passage at nearly any level of tide.