What to do in Popham Beach State Park

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.

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.

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

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.

Address
10 Perkins Farm Lane
Phippsburg, ME 04562

Phone: 207-389-1335

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