Passagassawakeag River

Belfast, Maine 04915

Passagassawakeag River

Passagassawakeag River Professional Review and Guide

"Birding could not be easier—a brand-new footbridge across the Passagassawakeag River opened to the public in 2006. The bridge allows birders to scan upriver and also gives a good view of Belfast Harbor. Boaters can launch at the Belfast Public Landing (for a fee) and head up the river, following the winding channel. Navigable water ends about 2 miles from town. A power line crosses the river at a narrow point, and in summer Double-crested Cormorant sit on the line.

The Passagassawakeag River, or “Passy,” has long been noted as a place to visit in winter to watch for Barrow’s Goldeneye, a key species here. Additionally, expect to see Common Goldeneye, American Black Duck, and Common Eider. This site hosts a mixed bag of gulls, including Glaucous, Iceland, and Bonaparte’s. Common Tern are here in good numbers, too. Bald Eagle and Osprey often cruise the river, and a high-tension powerline near the river’s head of tide holds an Osprey nest."

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While you will see gulls and terns in summer, most people head to the Passy in winter—anytime from November through March—to see the Barrow’s Goldeneye.
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City of Belfast
Local Contacts
DeLorme: Maine Atlas and Gazetteer: Page 14, A4
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Jul 2018