Posted Saturday, July 20, 2019
The Camden-Rockland Region is home to some lovely freshwater and saltwater beaches where you can swim, sunbathe, paddle, and make sandcastles. Explore the tide pools and search for sea glass, or if the salt water is not your style, dip into the clear waters of our ponds and lakes, where you can wade in the shallows and swim out to a floating dock. Pack a picnic and make a day of it!
Barrett’s Cove Beach Park. Camden’s largest freshwater swimming area, located on Megunticook
Lake and featuring spectacular views of Maiden Cliff. Deepwater swim float. No lifeguard. The park offers picnic tables, barbecue grills, changing
rooms, and portable toilets. Free parking with easy access. Beaucaire Ave., off Rte. 52.
G.W. Hodson Park. Quiet, 3-acre picnic area on the Megunticook River. Water is rather
shallow for swimming. Dogs allowed all day, year-round. Molyneaux Rd.
Laite Beach Park. Protected coarse-sand beach on Camden’s outer harbor with view of
the Camden Hills and Curtis Island. Swim float 30 yards off shore. No lifeguard. Toilets, changing rooms, large sloping lawn, children’s amphitheater,
swing set, picnic tables, barbecue grills. Bayview St.
Shirttail Point Park. Located on a slowly moving, shallow section of the Megunticook
River. Beach is ideal for small children. No lifeguard. Portable toilet, picnic tables, barbecue grills. Washington St. (Rte. 105).
Breezemere Park. Small freshwater beach on Norton Pond with boat dock and deepwater
swim float. Also features the town bandstand. Public parking, picnic area, public boat launch. No lifeguard. Norton Pond Rd., off Rt. 52.
Ducktrap Beach. Small sand bar on Penobscot Bay. The beach is pebbly and even more
so during low tide. A perfect place to wade and look for shells and crabs. Swim or paddle the channel at the mouth of the Ducktrap River. No facilities.
Howe Point Rd., off Rte. 1.
Lincolnville Beach. A sweet strip of white sand on Penobscot Bay. Several restaurants,
shops, and the Islesboro ferry terminal are nearby. Rte. 1.
Crescent Beach. Largest saltwater sand beach in the area, though not as secluded as
Birch Point State Park. Spectacular views of Penobscot Bay and the islands. Crescent Beach Rd.
Birch Point State Park/Lucia Beach. Sandy beach on Penobscot Bay with great views of
the offshore islands. Good shore fishing for mackerel and bass. Birch Point Rd., off Rte. 73.
Owls Head Light Beach. Small rocky beach with view of the lighthouse. Owls Head State
Park, Lighthouse Rd.
Johnson Memorial Park. Small freshwater beach on Chickawaukie Pond. Picnic area, barbecue
grills, restrooms, public boat launch. Rte. 17.
Sandy Beach. Hidden little sand beach near Archer’s on the Pier that’s loaded with
shells when the tide is out. Picnic tables and barbecue grill. Ocean St.
Glen Cove Beach. Small, protected saltwater beach next to the Glen Cove Rest Area,
which offers picnic tables. At low tide, explore mud flats for seashells, crabs, urchins, snails, and sand dollars. Rte. 1.
Goodies Beach. Pocket beach on Rockport Harbor to the right of the harbormaster’s office.
Rockport Marine Park, Pascal Ave.
Walker Park. Small harbor park with sandy area at low tide that’s nice for wading and
beachcombing. Children’s playground, picnic tables, a grassy hillside knoll, fire pits with barbecue grills. Sea St.
Drift Inn Beach. Nice beach for swimming, picnickng, and beachcombing. Marshall Point
Light is nearby. Parking available between Drift Inn Road and Port Clyde Road (Rte. 131). 23 Drift Inn Rd.
DOGS AT THE BEACH
Many local beaches allow leashed dogs from October 1 through April 30. During swimming season, May 1 through September 30, you may bring your leashed dog to the beach at the following times: 6 to 8 am and 6 to 10 pm. Owls Head State Park allows dogs along the trail and on the beach, but not in the vicinity of the lighthouse. Please look for posted signs at each location.
TIDES. Click here for access to the local tide charts.