Kezar River Reserve

The 114 acre Kezar River Reserve in Lovell was donated to the GLLT by the Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy to manage for sustainable forestry, wildlife habitat, unique natural features, and public access.

The property includes 5,006 feet of frontage on the eastern shore of the Mill Pond and 2,944 feet of its western shore. The one-mile loop trail takes visitors through a diverse forest and into and out of a deep v-shaped ravine. The ravine—and four others on the property—is a geological feature known as “headwall erosion” that is uncommon in the eastern US,  The reserve’s unique geology was influenced by the last ice age and the forest is growing on a large glacial lake bed of deep sands and silts.

The Property

The property was purchased in the early 1970’s by Bear Paw Timber Corp, for a hardwood and softwood timber source. In 1999 the property was donated to The Nature Conservancy to serve as a working forest, actively demonstrating sustainable forestry practices. In 2003, The Maine Chapter of the Nature Conservancy donated the property to the GLLT to manage for sustainable forestry, wildlife habitat, unique natural features and public access.. The forest or portions of it have been thinned four times since 1980, with the most recent thinning by the GLLT in 2005. The property includes Mill Pond protection of 5,006 feet of eastern shoreline and 2,944 feet along the western shore.


The 114 acre reserve is divided by the Mill Pond where waterfowl is abundant and beaver and otters frequent its shores. The diverse forest of mixed ages and types includes a 26 acre preserve area, along the east shore of the Mill Pond. This forest is approaching an old growth condition including black spruce peat bog, a most unusual natural community locally. Habitats support deer, moose, fox, black bear, owls, hawks, wood peckers, songbirds and a large variety of native species. The colorful “chicken of the woods” and other interesting mushrooms are common. A geological feature uncommon to the eastern U.S., known as “headwall erosion” is believed to have formed the five ravines. These deep v-shaped features occur when underground streams erode their banks and “roofs” slowly collapsing, widening from the pond to further upstream. An area marked “quicksand” is a serious precaution as it is very fine, wet and deep sand.

Activity Guidelines

The Reserve is open to public use for these activities:

  • Fishing and hunting in season

  • Hiking and picnicking

  • Horseback riding

  • Cross-country skiing

  • Snowshoeing

  • Snowmobiles on marked trails

  • Launch Canoe/Kayak (please carry in and out from designated area to avoid eroding the access)

These activities are not allowed:

  • Fires

  • Motorized vehicles

  • Cutting/removal of vegetation

  • Camping (except for no-trace camping by prior permit only).

Please use the land responsibly, leaving it just as you found it so that others may enjoy it as well. Carry out all waste, control pets by voice or leash and leave nature (soil, vegetation, and animals) undisturbed.

Contact Us

Greater Lovell Land Trust
P.O. Box 225
Lovell, ME 04051

We are a private, non-profit organization of local volunteers and fellow conservationists from across the U.S. and beyond, protecting our region’s lands and waters in the interest of the public. We welcome new members and contributions such as help with land purchases, property easements, gifts, or volunteers for current projects. Please join us.

Species observed to date

Please forward any new observations to Dennis Smith, GLLT Database Administrator.


Kezar River Reserve Birds

Kezar River Reserve Flora

Kezar River Reserve Mammals