Beaches in Maine’s Midcoast Region
Reid State Park
Reid State Park features Maine’s first state-owned saltwater beach. Located near Georgetown, this park offers one of the few long, wide stretches of sandy beach in Maine. The beaches are popular among birders, who observe endangered species of shorebirds that nest on the beach. After enjoying your time on the beach, clean off in the bathhouses, which offer flush toilets and freshwater showers. Although the park does not have campgrounds, it offers picnic areas and charcoal grills. Cost is $4.50 for residents and $6.50 for non-residents; call 207-371-2303 for more information.
Damariscotta Lake State Park
Damariscotta Lake State Park, located in Jefferson, is one of Maine’s most popular parks for day use. The large lake features a broad, sandy beach with a swimming area staffed by a lifeguard during the summer months. Picnic tables and grills are available, as is a larger group picnic shelter. There is no camping at Damariscotta Lake State Park, and parking is limited. Entrance fees are $4 for residents and $6 for non-residents; call 207-549-7600 for information.
Lake St. George State Park
On the northwest short of Lake St. George is the beautiful, 1,017-acre Lake St. George State Park. There is a small sand beach on the shore of this glittering, clear lake as well as nearby swings, volleyball courts, basketball courts, and a sandpit. During the summer months, a lifeguard staffs the beach area to protect swimmers. There are 38 campsites located in the park, which are available from May 15 to October 1. Flush toilets and showers are located in the campgrounds. Entrance fees are $4 for residents and $6 for non-residents; call 207-589-4255 for more information.
Birch Point State Park
Located in Owls Head, Birch Point State Park offers beautiful views of Penobscot Bay. The park features a crescent-shaped sand beach popular with families and local residents. There is a gentle surf in the beach area, giving you the opportunity to play in the waves. The park is also popular with the fishing crowd and provides excellent picnic facilities, giving you the opportunity to grill your fresh catch of the day. There are no lifeguards staffing the beach area and the park does not have campgrounds. Entrance costs $2 for residents and $3 for non-residents. Call 207-941-4014 for more information.
Popham Beach State Park
Popham Beach State Park borders the southern mouth of the Kennebec River near Phippsberg. Unlike many Maine beaches, which tend to be relatively short, Popham Beach stretches for several miles. The moderate surf attracts swimmers and surfers, while other visitors collect shells and sea glass along the shore. Lifeguards are on staff during the summer months, but Popham Beach has strong undertows and occasional riptides, meaning that swimmers should swim with caution and remain near the lifeguards at all times. At low tide, visitors can walk across the water to nearby Fox Island. Pay close attention to the rising tides to ensure that you do not get stranded on the island. Because of sand movement and erosion, the Popham Beach shoreline has changed dramatically in the past few years. At high tide, only a small expanse of sand remains. The park features bathhouses with freshwater showers to rinse off. Entrance fees are $4 for residents and $6 for non-residents; call 207-389-9125 for more information.
Swan Lake State Park
Located in Swanville, Swan Lake State Park provides 67 acres of recreational opportunities. The sandy beach area is bordered by tall, hardwood trees. Visitors can make use of flush toilets, changing facilities, and picnic sites with grills. There are no campsites, but recreational areas for volleyball and horseshoes are great for group gatherings. Pets are allowed in the park if they are on a leash less than four feet long; however, no pets are allowed on the beach. The entrance fee is $4 for residents and $6 for non-residents; call 207-525-4404 for more information.
Thomas Point Beach
Thomas Point Beach is located off Route 24 in Brunswick. The 85-acre park features a large, clean sand beach overlooking the spectacular Thomas Bay. The beach is staffed by lifeguards during the summer months, and water quality is consistently monitored. The beach has facilities to accommodate family picnics, company outings, weddings, and other private events. Swimmers love the beach area, while kayakers and fishing enthusiasts explore the bay. With over 400 picnic tables, a large playground, double stone fireplaces, volleyball nets, and spacious campsites, the Thomas Point Beach is a great area to visit. After a day on the beach, clean off in the free freshwater showers or coin-operated hot showers. Call 207-729-1065 for more information.