Kennebago Headwaters Project

The land of sweet, flowing waters.

About the Kennebago Headwaters Project

This critical project has been years in the making, with early negotiations commencing in 2008.


This current iteration began with the purchase of the Kennebago Wildlands, 1,731 acres of forest, shorefront, and wetlands, including over two miles of undeveloped shorefront and uplands surrounding 190-acre Little Kennebago Lake and nine miles of frontage on the upper Kennebago River from Crowley Brook to Little Kennebago Lake.


Phase two is complete with RLHT’s purchase of the Kennebago Wildlands. It will remaine a working forest that RLHT will manage to conserve fish and wildlife habitat and enhance climate change resilience. Forest management will focus on sustainable harvesting for long-term health, increased carbon sequestration, storage, and biodiversity.

Anticipated to close in December, the third phase of the Headwaters Acquisition is to acquire a conservation easement of 3,300 adjacent acres along the shores of Kennebago Lake and the surrounding wetland area known as the Logans. The acreage was recently acquired by Black Brook, LLC, which has been working with RLHT on a conservation easement to conserve those areas permanently. 


All three tracts are contiguous. Together, these acquisitions will protect 1000 wetland acres, 9 miles of undeveloped lake and pond frontage, and 15 miles of intact, wooded riparian area on the Kennebago River and smaller tributary streams.

Kennebago Headwaters by the Numbers

Acres Conserved
Miles of riparian area
Miles of waterfront

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Flyover the Kennebago

The name “Kennebago” comes from the language of Maine’s indigenous people, the Wabanaki, and refers to a land of sweet flowing waters.


Gallery of the Kennebago Headwaters

Photography provided by Paul Rezendes Photography and Ben Pearson Photography.


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Shelby Rousseau

Shelby Rousseau

Deputy Director | Director of Stewardship