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Beaches and Swimming Areas in the Midcoast

Posted Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Midcoast Maine region offers some of the most scenic and pristine beaches in the entire state. With so many beautiful spots, it might be hard to see all of them in one trip. Whether you prefer sunbathing on a beach chair, surfing or stand up paddleboard, crashing through the waves on horseback, a toddler friendly beach or walking along the beach sands in search of sea glass, our beaches have something for everyone.

Map to our Popular Midcoast Maine Beaches

Lincolnville Area: 
Lincolnville Beach
Located in Lincolnville sits right off of U.S. Route 1 just 7 miles from downtown Camden and offers a small sandy strip of beach head for swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. You can also try out sea kayaking at Lincolnville Beach. The beach sits right next to several restaurants, gift shops and businesses and is home to the Islesboro State of Maine Ferry service.

Ducktrap Beach
Small sand bar beach down Howe Point Road which is on your right if heading north up Rt 1 after Lincolnville Beach. 

Camden Area: 
Laite Beach Park
Located on Bay View Street about 1/2 mile from the middle of downtown. It overlooks Camden's outer harbor and Curtis Island. Amenities include: toilets and changing rooms, a large open gently sloping lawn, a children's amphitheater, a swingset for toddlers, picnic tables, barbecues, a protected saltwater beach with coarse sand, and a swim float a few yards offshore. As with all Camden beaches there is no lifeguard on duty. Between May 1st and September 30th pets are only allowed in the park and on the beach from 6 AM to 8 AM and from 6 PM to 10 PM.

Barrett's Cove 
Located on Lake Megunticook on Beaucaire Ave. near the intersection with Route 52. This freshwater beach and park has been a favorite destination for swimmers, picnicers, canoers and kayakers for many years. Amenities include: changing rooms, portable toilets, open lawn and shady areas with picnic tables and barbecues, a sandy and gently sloping beach, and a deep water swim float. There is no lifeguard on duty. Pets are restricted during the summer as indicated with Laite Beach.

Shirt Tail Point 
This little gem of a park is a favorite of locals in the Millville section of town. It is located on Washington Street about 1.75 miles from downtown. Amenities include: a portable toilet, lawn, picnic tables and barbecues, and a gently sloping access to a deep and slow moving section of the Megunticook River. The bottom of the river here is sandy but above the high water mark there is only lawn. Pets are restricted during the summer as indicated at the beaches above, but you may need to shoo off some Canada geese to spread out your blanket on the lawn if you are the first to arrive for the day. Hand launched canoes and kayaks can gain access to the deep and slow moving section of the river above Seabright Dam from this park.

Rockport Area: 
Walker Park
A small harbor park that offers access to the saltwater. There’s an area with a children’s playground, picnic tables, a grassy hillside knoll and fire pits with barbeque grills. At low tide there is a sandy beach area for wading and beachcombing for sea shells

Goodies Beach
A pocket beach located on the harbor in Rockport to the right of the Harbor Master. 

Glen Cove Beach
Next to the Glen Cove Rest Area in Glen Cove is a small saltwater beach at the foot of the basin. The beach looks out onto Glen Cove and offers saltwater swimming in a relatively protected oceanfront setting at high tide. At low tide, the beach is a great place to explore the mud flats for sea shells, crabs, urchins, snails and sand dollars.

Rockland Area: 
South End Beach
Located in the South End of Rockland off of Ocean Street near Archer’s on the Pier is a shell haven when the tide is out.

Johnson Memorial Park
Located on Chickawaukie Lake in Rockland, Maine, this small freshwater beach and park offers free parking and easy access. There is a picnic area with barbecue grills, restrooms and a public boat launch.

Owls Head Area: 
Ash Point Beach
Seated at the corner of the West Penobscot Bay entry, this small sand and rock beach has great views of the Gulf of Maine including Dix Island Harbor, Vinalhaven and North Haven. There is very limited parking, with no facilities or lifeguards on duty.

Lucia Beach/Birch Point State Beach
Located on a small peninsula in Owls Head, on the shores of Penobscot Bay. This scenic hideaway tends to attract locals more than visitors, offering a quiet retreat for those who would like to relax or try beachcombing or shore fishing for mackerel and bass. The sandy beach, known as Lucia Beach, has great views of offshore islands. Nearby Owls Head and Rockland are home to a lighthouse, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.

Crescent Beach 
This crescent shaped beach is another beautiful beach near Owls Head Light, though lined with beach cottages and not as private as Birch Point State Park, it offers the largest salt water sand beach in the area. The views of Penobscot Bay and the outlying islands are spectacular from Crescent Beach. Several parking spots at the end of Crescent Beach Road.

Crockett’s Beach
This small beach can be found off Ash Point Drive at the end of Crocketts Beach Road. There is no official parking at this beach nor lifeguards or facilities.

Owl’s Head Lighthouse Beach

Port Clyde Area: 
Drift-In Beach
This is a nice beach between Martinsville and Port Clyde, not far away from the Marshall Point Light. It's a great place for swimming, picnicing, exploring or a nice walk.

Popular but out of the region: 
Pemaquid Beach
Beautiful quarter mile beach of sand with a nice breeze overlooking John's Bay, considered one of Maine's cleanest according to Maine Healthy Beaches Program. Pemaquid Beach Park is owned by the Town of Bristol, operated by the Bristol Parks Commission. Take Snowball Hill Road off of Route 130 and turn onto Pemaquid Beach Road where parking and facilities are available. Visitors of Pemaquid Beach can also visit nearby historic architecture, Ye Old Fort following Snowball Hill Road to Old Fort Road.

Popham Beach
Three mile long sand beach encompassing 529 acres at the mouth of the Kennebec River in Phippsburg. Kids can explore the sandbars and tidal pools at low tide. Bathhouses, freshwater showers, picnic area with grills, trails and wildlife watching make for a perfect Popham day trip. Many consider this Maine's finest most beautiful unspoiled beach. Parking off of Popham Road.

Reid State Park
1.5 miles of sand in 3 distinct beach sections, each with its own unique charm and beauty. Choose from surf to warm water lagoons for protected swimming areas well suited for small children. Reid Beach facilities include changing and restrooms, cold showers, grills and picnic areas. Climbing paths are also found on the rock bluff with a beautiful view of the ocean. Parking on Griffith's Head Rd.