Popham Beach State Park

Quick Facts

Popham Beach State Park

Maine

(207) 389-1335

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Things To Do

Overview

Bordering the south side of the mouth of the Kennebec River, Popham Beach State Park is truly one of Maine's rare geologic landforms that features a long stretch of sand beach. Sunbathers relaxing on Popham's sands can see Fox and Wood islands offshore, and the Kennebec and Morse rivers border each end of the beach. Visitors can walk to Fox Island at low tide, but are warned to pay attention to the rising tides not to get marooned.

The rolling Atlantic surf draws thousands of swimmers and surfers alike, and shell collecting is a pasttime of many a sea side stroller. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months, but beachgoers should note that this is a strong surf beach with undertows and occasional rip tides. Swimmers should swim within their abilities and near the lifeguard.

Popham's cultural and social history is still being uncovered. Excavations of the Popham settlement of 1607 and Fort George continue each summer.

Map of Popham Beach (ME)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.737556, -69.798256

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Activities

  • Boating

    All types of boating is allowed in the ocean.

  • Fishing

    The Atlantic Ocean holds a many different types of species that can be caught right from the shoreline.

  • Historic Sites

    Popham's cultural and social history is still being uncovered. Excavations of the Popham settlement of 1607 and Fort George continue each summer.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is allowed, but please contact park for information on game restrictions and permits.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic tables are located along the coastal shoreline.

  • Water Sports

    The rolling Atlantic surf draws thousands of swimmers and surfers alike. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months, but beachgoers should note that this is a strong surf beach with undertows and occasional rip tides. Swimmers should swim within their abilities and near the lifeguard.

Seasonality/Weather

Please refer to the BEACH ADVISORY CALENDAR to plan your next visit to Popham Beach State Park. Dates listing a Beach Advisory have a high tide during peak hours resulting in very little beach space during busy times. Beach Advisory Calendar: http://www.maine.gov/doc/parks/parksinfo/popham/pophambeach.shtml

Park Partners

Friends of Maine State Parks

Friends of Maine State Parks was created in 1997 by individuals interested in ensuring the preservation of Maine's unique state park system and is a non-profit organization open to anyone who shares these goals.

* Provide informational, referral and networking services on issues of interests pertaining to State Parks and Historic Sites * Advocate and oversee on matters of importance to the character and purpose of State Parks and Historic Sites * Sponsor and cosponsor events that assist the promotion of State Parks and Historic Sites * Conduct quarterly educational programs with topics of interest pertaining to State Parks and Historic Sites * Sponsor an annual fall Picnic for all its members

Directions

Driving

On Maine Route 209 fourteen miles from Bath to Phippsburg - follow signs to the park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(207) 389-1335

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