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Description - Over 500 acres along the Atlantic Coast are offered at Popham Beach State Park. Visitors enjoy the spacious sandy beach off SR 209 between April 15 and October 30 each year. The historic site of Fort Popham is just minutes south of the park.

Attractions - Located in the Mid Coast Region of Maine, Popham Beach State Park offers 529 acres of recreation land for visitors to frolic on the white sandy beach and picnic at the scattered tables and grills. Its fine granulated sand, tidal pools and the classic Maine rocky coastline characterize the park. The beach is situated amongst several historic and natural attractions including Fort Baldwin, Fort Popham and Morse Mountain Preserve. The nearby preserve has 600 acres of marshland, beach and river property. Hunnewell Beach is another popular swimming site located immediately north of Popham along SR 209. Two historic lighthouses may be viewed from the shores of both sites. Located northwest at the mouth of Kennebec River is Pond Island Lighthouse that stands 20 feet tall, built in 1855. This site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors are permitted on the uninhabited island via boat access only. The other visible lighthouse is Sequin Light. It is one of the oldest lighthouses on the East Coast, circa 1795. The brick structure was rebuilt in 1887. Towering above the rocky Sequin Island, it is one of the highest beacons in Maine.

Recreation - Popham Beach State Park offers an extensive beachfront to visitors. The park permits swimming, picnicking and fishing. Surf casting for bluefish and striped bass is enjoyed between July and September. Views of the Atlantic Ocean are gorgeous and occasional sightings of porpoise occur. An entrance fee is collected at the gate.

Climate - The summer vacation haven of Mid Coast Maine sees winter temperatures averaging above 18 degrees Fahrenheit (below -12 Celsius) and average summer temperatures above 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius). The Mid Coast Region receives on the average less than 38 inches (97 centimeters) of precipitation each year.

Location - The park is located off SR 209 fourteen miles south of Bath.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Mid-April through October.


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Filed By: Jean Bombard (Bradford, VT)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Friends and I have been going back to Popham Beach for nine years. It is a wonderful place to rest and relax, recharge and recoup. Spinney's just gets better and better. Tracey and David, owners of Percy's store, are wonderful. Every summer I feel like I'm coming home when I round the corner in to Popham. It is my slice of heaven on earth.

Filed By: Trisha Partridge (West Franklin, NH)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I had a great time and stayed right there.The Fort was really cool, and the people and the food at Spinny's was unreal. We stayed there also and can't wait to go back again. The coast line was really fun for motorcycles and again you haven't lived until you spend the day on the beach and pig out on the local food and color, Hats off to Spinny's I Love you guys....Get my room ready.

Filed By: Robert Szatkowski (Concord, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Visited a few times back in the 70s as a kid. Likes the walks out to the rock at low tide and having to hurry back to shore as the tide came in quite fast. The California coastline is ok but not the same as maine coast.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My favorite place to recharge my battery. I recall my many walks along the sand as a wonderful opportunity to 'daydream' when I am far from Popham. Just the word 'Popham' is nature's tranquilizer. Love that beach!!!!!

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I have been to beaches all over the world and this is truly one of the nicest with the most spectacular views-where else can you see two beautiful lighthouses at the same time?? It is very pristene & unspoiled-it is one of the best kept secrets in Maine.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Best beach in New England.. Easu access. Spent whole just walking on beach and climbing over the small Island at low tide.. Went into water at high tide.. was as warm as at Cape Cod. Visit once and you'll go back over and oer again

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Contact Information:
Popham Beach State Park, 10 Perkins Farm Lane , Phippsburg, ME, 04562, Phone: 207-389-1335

Additional Information:
Maine State Parks & Public Reserved Lands - Maine's State Parks and Public Reserved Lands are managed for recreation, wildlife and timber. State Historic Sites preserve the rich heritage of the American Revolution and Civil War.
Mid Coast Region - Mid Coast Maine may be the busiest of the coastal vacation spots with literally thousands of tiny rock laden coves and islands along the Atlantic Ocean.

Links:
Popham Beach State Park - Official agency Website

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