This section of the Eastern River is tidal, so the river’s character changes dramatically depending on whether the ocean’s tide is in or out. When the tide swells, the riverway is fully flooded and navigable. When the tide recedes, the riverbed is exposed, revealing a system of mudflats with just a few small streams. From an eagle’s point of view, the Eastern River twists and turns, winding along until she joins the Kennebec River, which soon after meets the Atlantic Ocean. Across the river from Tidal Bends Wilderness Preserve lies the Kennebec Land Trust’s 50-acre Eastern River Preserve, ensuring protection of both sides of this stretch of the river.