Sawyer’s Island sits in the Great Marsh, of Plum Island Sound, one of the most pristine marsh systems in the United States. Sawyer’s Island, now part of the 265-acre Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, connects over 8,000 acres in a mosaic of protected land¬†and wildlife habitat within the Great Marsh Ecosystem, supporting an astonishing diversity of plants and animals, including rare and endangered species. It also serves as critical migratory bird¬†habitat and important breeding grounds for many species of birds, fish, and crustaceans. The site of the former Salem Fraternity Boys Camp, the island is bordered by Sawyer’s Island Creek and Mud Creek, which curves around its northern end. The views in every direction are spectacular, and include an active Osprey nesting platform. Stands of oak and hickory on the northwest edge of the island provide a lovely sheltered picnic area. The site is also a perfect launch for a kayak or canoe.