After being submerged for 150 years, the true character of the river reappeared and she began to sing her song.
Southwest French Island (SWFI) is private land on the banks of the Penobscot River in Old Town, Maine. The property is about 2 acres in size, and has been brought back into use by clearing brush shrubs, vines and weed trees that had accumulated over a hundred years of disuse. The process of creating a conservation easement for this land is underway.
A map of the PRPT system in its current state is here.
SWFI is a convenient place to spend the night before venturing down river on the way to the ocean. At times, depending on the river flow (check river status here), the river can be a bit of a challenge to paddlers.
Although located in a small town, there is a private feeling about the area due to being tucked behind a natural fence of trees that surrounds the site on the land side, as well as giving a sense of openness on the river side.