About the Crooked River Forest
The Crooked River Forest, located in Harrison, consists of two main parcels: Intervale (334 acres) and Woodsum Brook (75 acres). The Intervale parcel has a long history of sustainable forestry and boasts a significant Northeastern Interior Pine Barren. Intervale contains more than a mile of frontage along the spectacular Crooked River, the main tributary to Sebago Lake. The Crooked River Forests allow for public access to fishing, hunting, snowshoeing, and hiking.
The Crooked River has been identified as a priority for conservation as it is the largest tributary to Sebago Lake, with 38% of the inflow to the lake. It also offers local recreational opportunities and is situated above high quality sand and gravel aquifers. This trout fishery is home to one of only four native populations of landlocked salmon in the state and is known to host one species of
anadromous fish (American eel) and is thought to historically host Atlantic salmon and sea lamprey.
In its entirety, the Crooked River Forest consists of five parcels, with the two largest being “Intervale” (334 acres; 1.5 mile of river frontage) located on Scribners Mill Road in the town of Harrison, owned by Loon Echo. The second largest property is “Twin Bridges” (247 acres, 0.7 miles of river frontage) located on Rt. 117 in the town of Otisfield (adjacent to the rest area), owned by Western Foothills Land Trust. Loon Echo owns and protects “Woodsum Brook” (75 acres) located on Maple Ridge Road, with frontage on the brook that flows into Crystal Lake in Harrison. Western Foothills owns “Oak Hill” and “Watkins South” (FMI contact WFLT). Click here to download regional map.
The Crooked River Forest at Intervale offers two trails for public access. Please follow all use guidelines listed below.
The Crooked River Forest at Woodsum Brook does not have any established trails.
- Hiking and nature observation
- Snowshoeing and cross country skiing
- Horseback riding (on designated trails)
- Snowmobiling (on designated trails)
- Mountain biking (on designated trails)
- Trapping (by permission only)
- Carry in, Carry out
- Daytime use only
- Dogs are allowed. Please keep pets under control at all times.
- Authorized motor vehicles only
- Target shooting is prohibited
- Wear blaze orange during hunting season
- Always yield to horseback riders
Directions to Crooked River Forest at Intervale
The entrance to the Intervale parcel is located on Scribners Mills Road in Harrison, a half mile west of the Crooked River if coming from Otisfield, or 7/10th of a mile east of Maple Ridge Road from the west.
2013- LELT holds public outreach meeting about protection of the Crooked River
2015- LELT acquires the Crooked River Forest thanks to financial support from residents of Harrison and surrounding communities and the Land for Maine’s Future Program
2017- Sebago Clean Waters is formed
2019- Crooked River Forest at Intervale is expanded by 38 acres
Loon Echo would like to thank the following donors for making conservation of the Crooked River Forest possible: Portland Water District, Open Space Institute, The Nature Conservancy, Anonymous Foundation, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, Town of Otisfield, Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, Norcross Wildlife Foundation, the Carol and David Hancock Charitable Foundation and Fields Pond Foundation. This project was funded in part by the Land for Maine’s Future Program for low impact recreation including fishing, hunting and snowshoeing.
About the Crooked River
- The Crooked River is fifty miles in length, flowing from Songo Pond in Bethel through Albany, Waterford, Norway, Otisfield, Harrison, Casco and Naples, where it joins the Songo River before flowing into Sebago Lake. The Crooked River watershed, which is part of the larger Presumpscot River Basin, contains 76,000 acres of predominantly forest land in a drainage area of 275 square miles.
- The river is the largest tributary stream flowing into Sebago Lake, providing 40% of the annual flow into the lake. Sebago Lake supports the state’s largest water utility which services 200,000 customers in 20 communities in the greater Portland area
- The river supports one of only four known indigenous populations of landlocked Atlantic salmon in Maine and is the primary spawning and nursery area for such salmon indigenous to Sebago Lake
- The river is entirely rated AA (highest water quality and free flowing)
- The Crooked (and larger Presumpscot) River watershed has been identified by the U.S. Forest Service as the most vulnerable drinking water reservoir watershed in the Northeastern 20 states due to the high percentage of unprotected, privately owned land.