This portion of the river is a mix of both undeveloped riverfront mostly on the western shore and urban/industrial waterfront on the eastern shore. The city of Bucksport and a large paper mill are obvious features in this portion of the bay.
Open water portions of the river are important for wintering waterfowl. Some of the largest single congregations of Barrow?s Goldeneye in Maine have been recorded here, including 70 adults in the winter of 1980. Peregrine Falcons historically nested on the west support tower of the former Waldo/Hancock Suspension Bridge. Ospreys are commonly seen in this area and several nests can be found on the abandoned pier at Sandy Point Beach.
Threats associated with wastewater discharge from the mill and from the City of Bucksport are the greatest concerns. However, the area does not appear to be under the same threats of development as other similar waterfronts. An oil spill, either in the bay or upriver, is a constant threat.
Best views of the river are from Fort Knox historic site in Prospect, and from the waterfront park in downtown Bucksport. A boat launch on Verona Island facilitates exploring this area from the water.