Maine Island Trail Association

America's first water trail
Created, protected, and enjoyed by people who love the coast of Maine.

About Us

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The Maine Island Trail is a water trail spanning over 200 islands and coastal sites along the 375 miles of the coast of Maine. One third of trail sites are public, and two thirds are owned by private organizations and individuals who trust us to care for their lands and teach our members to Leave No Trace. More than just the first recreational water trail in America, the Maine Island Trail fosters a culture of grassroots user-stewardship for Maine's islands.

The Maine Island Trail Association is a membership organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the wild islands of coastal Maine. Founded with the powerfully simple idea that the care of the islands could be left to the users of these treasured and fragile places, MITA's ability to turn island users into island stewards is why islands visited by members tend to be in better shape than those left completely alone.

We believe that Maine’s thousands of coastal islands are a national treasure and have built a community of educated island lovers and volunteer caretakers who agree. Our members include paddlers, sailors, motorboaters, and land-lubbers alike. They enjoy access to many private island properties. And they form a powerful force of people actively committed to the care and protection of the wild islands of Maine.

Mission Statement

The Maine Island Trail Association’s goal is to establish a model of thoughtful use and volunteer stewardship for the Maine islands that will assure their conservation in a natural state while providing an exceptional recreational asset that is maintained and cared for by the people who use it.