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Maine Island Trail Association
Maine Island Trail Association

THE MAINE ISLAND TRAIL ASSOCIATION

Discover, explore, and steward coastal Maine’s most iconic and expansive recreational resource, running from Kittery to Cobscook Bay.

THE MAINE ISLAND TRAIL ASSOCIATION

Discover, explore, and steward coastal Maine’s most iconic and expansive recreational resource, running from Kittery to Cobscook Bay.

Hundreds of unique and beautiful ecosystems can be found just off Maine’s rocky coast.

Some Maine islands support year-round or seasonal communities. Others are wonderful windows onto the working waterfront. But most are currently uninhabited, undeveloped escapes into our natural world. In 1988, a grassroots group of sailors, boaters, paddlers, and nature lovers pioneered the idea of a water trail to protect these fragile, essential spaces and developed the powerful Handshake Model to make it work.

Join us in exploring and enjoying Maine’s islands, promoting equitable, responsible access, and supporting active, engaged environmental stewardship.

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Plan your Maine island adventure

GET THE MAINE ISLAND TRAIL GUIDE Join or renew your membership to receive 350+ pages of insight into Maine’s incredible islands, including descriptions of every site on the Trail, best practices and usage guidelines, and much more.

DOWNLOAD THE MAINE ISLAND TRAIL APP Carry all of the information contained within the Maine Island Trail Guide within the intuitive, easy to navigate MITA App.

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MITA’s commitment to coastal stewardship is serious, and also seriously fun. Sign up to join one of our island cleanups, island work days, to adopt an island, become a Monitor Skipper, or to promote MITA at area events.

Ensure sustainable, equitable island access

DONATE TODAY. Membership dues cover less than 19% of the work that MITA does. We count on our passionate, dedicated community to support our stewardship and accessibility efforts, making sure more Maine islands stay open for all.

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DONATE OR BUY A BOAT. MITA accepts donations of all kinds of seaworthy watercraft to generate funding for our programming. Browse boats for sale or contact us to learn more about donating your boat in support of MITA’s mission.

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Support MITA's mission

Welcome to the MITA Gear Shop! Express your love for the Maine Island Trail while supporting MITA at the same time. 100% of all proceeds go towards supporting our mission of providing stewardship and access along the coast of Maine.

MITA at the Moment:

MITA Donates $8,500 from Shirt Sales to Benefit MCFA’s Working Waterfront Support Fund
MITA Donates $8,500 from Shirt Sales to Benefit MCFA’s Working Waterfront Support Fund
  We’ll be honest. When we first thought of launching a special tee at the MITA Gear Shop to support recovery efforts from January’s catastrophic coastal storms, we didn’t get too crazy with our expectations. We just wanted to do something, however small, to help out. As it...
For Sale: 47′ Eldredge-McInnis Cutter “Prowess”
For Sale: 47′ Eldredge-McInnis Cutter “Prowess”
  MITA’s boat donation program has been a great way for both boat donors and buyers to support MITA, and we have certainly had some interesting craft come through the program over the years. Until now, however, we have never had a truly classic wooden yacht donated to...
MITA Announces 2024 Membership Updates
MITA Announces 2024 Membership Updates
As we begin a new year, MITA is thrilled to announce a series of enhancements that are designed to make MITA membership more convenient and easier to navigate. Happily, we are announcing these changes without any increase in price for MITA membership. We are constantly striving to keep membership affordable and accessible for all...

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Attend MITA events. Throughout the year, MITA members share their knowledge of island history, boating and kayaking, navigation, Leave No Trace practices, and more through presentations and webinars. And get-togethers and fundraisers, like Splash!, are good times for a great cause.

Connect with our community

Attend MITA events. Throughout the year, MITA members share their knowledge of island history, boating and kayaking, navigation, Leave No Trace practices, and more through presentations and webinars. And get-togethers and fundraisers, like Splash!, are good times for a great cause.

SINCE 1988
CELEBRATING 36 YEARS!

DREAMS OF THE ISLAND pulled me through cold February days. Finally, I’m here.”

JEWELL ISLAND LOGBOOK