Sheep Island

Maine | USA

  • Size59 acres
  • LocationOwls Head, West Penobscot Bay, Knox County
  • Country/State Maine
  • Region USA



Undeveloped private island with idyllic coves, pocket beaches and a variety of wildlife


Sheep Island is a pristine, uninhabited island in West Penobscot Bay with spectacular views in all directions. The island’s name and its rich soil are a testament to its agricultural heritage; it was used for farming in the 1800s (at one point there was a house and a barn although no evidence of these historic structures remains) and there is evidence of pre-Colonial activity. Today the undeveloped island is a refuge for a variety of wildlife and the landscape is mostly forest with dramatic bluffs, interesting ledge, idyllic coves and pocket beaches.


  • 59± acres with 11,000± feet of shorefront
  • Conveniently located about one mile from the mainland and Owls Head Harbor
  • Close to two conserved islands with Monroe Island just to the north and Ash Island to the south
  • Several pocket beaches including a protected 1,200± foot beach on the north side of the island
  • Potential for conservation opportunities
  • Suitable for residential development - full engineering report and land use analysis available
  • Location for a deep-water wharf with a pier in a cove towards the middle of the west side of the island
  • Located in the northern most portion of the Muscle Ridge Channel in West Penobscot Bay, this area is well known to boaters who appreciate the archipelago’s summer anchorages and unspoiled beauty



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