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Popham Beach State Park
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10 Perkins Farm Ln
Phippsburg, Maine   04562
(lat:43.743 lon:-69.8051) map location

Phone: (207) 389-1335
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.
1. Popham Beach State Park offers a vast sandy beach for swimming during warm weather.
2. Lifeguards are on duty in the summer months to ensure swimmer safety.
3. Swimming is allowed from sunrise to sunset, following park rules and regulations.
4. The water temperature can be chilly even in summer due to Maine's northern location.
5. High tide provides deeper waters suitable for experienced swimmers while low tides create shallow areas ideal for beginners or children.
6. Tidal pools formed at low tide offer safe spots where small kids can splash around under supervision.

In Maine, the park offers a variety of boating options. Visitors can enjoy canoeing and kayaking along its scenic coastline or in nearby rivers. There are also opportunities for motorized boating with boat launches available at several locations around the area. However, it's important to note that there may be restrictions on certain types of boats due to environmental considerations.
Enjoy fishing in the nearby Kennebec and Morse rivers. Species include striped bass, bluefish, mackerel, flounder and occasionally Atlantic salmon.

Popham Beach State Park is located near Bath, Brunswick

Popham Beach State Park offers picnic areas with tables and grills, ideal for family outings. Carry-in carry-out policy applies.
Birdwatchers can enjoy spotting various species like sandpipers, plovers and terns. The park is also home to ospreys.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
March 27 History by Maze
park review stars; one to five
July 27 excellant boogie boarding surf,
park review stars; one to five I have been there four times in the last month and yesterday was great. We spent almost 2 hours boogie boarding in the surf. This is by far the best state park in the system. I enjoy being in the water even on a cloudy, foggy day boogie boarding in the surf.
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On Maine Route 209 fourteen miles from Bath to Phippsburg - follow signs to the park.

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