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.
Call the Popham Beach State Park’s Hotline during the summer for current tide and parking information: (207) 389-9125. Surfers can visit www.maineharbors.com for tide information and should add 9 minutes to the Portland chart for Popham Beach high and low tide data.
Popham’s cultural and social history is still being uncovered. Excavations of the Popham settlement of 1607 and Fort George continue each summer.
On Maine Route 209 fourteen miles from Bath to Phippsburg – follow signs to the park.
April 15 – October 30, Fee Charged
529 acres: spacious sand beach, bathhouses, freshwater rinse-off showers, picnic area with charcoal grills, trails and wildlife watching. Fort Popham is two miles further south on Route 209.
Popham Beach State Park
10 Perkins Farm Lane
Phippsburg, ME 04562
Park Season: (207) 389-1335
Tide and Parking Hotline: (207) 389-9125