Popham Beach State Park

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Fox Island at Popham Beach

Popham Beach provides a rare stretch of sandy shore along the rugged Maine coastline.

Popham Beach
  I’m not a big fan of dipping my toes in Maine’s ocean water because it’s so darn cold, but the allure of Popham Beach has enticed me into the waves several times.  Sandwiched between the Kennebec and Morse Rivers, the shoreline here changes rapidly with erosion and tides.

 

One of the best features is Fox Island, which you can walk out to during low tide.  The back side of Fox Island presents itself to crashing waves and there are plenty of places to perch and witness the sea’s might (please be sure to stay alert as I’ve been drenched here several times by enormous and unexpected breakers).  In fact, you will often see surfers here, a rare sight along the Maine coastline.  The many TB lighthouse fans will also relish somewhat enhanced views of Seguin Island Light from Fox Island, though you can still glimpse it from the Popham shoreline.

 

Being a state-run site there is a small fee to enter ($1.50 per person), but that affords lifeguards during the summer and well maintained bathroom / changing / showering

facilities.  Don’t recall seeing any food for sale, but if you read my entry on Fort Popham, Spinney’s restaurant is just a mile away.  Though you aren’t in never-never land, Popham Beach is quite a distance from any towns or convenience stores, so stock up before heading on down to savor this brilliant stretch of shoreline.

vances says:
Maine water is usually around 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13 Celsius) in the summer --- how chilly is the North Sea?
Posted on: Sep 20, 2009
seraphimkarlien says:
Looks like a great place. Exactly how cold is the water? Similar to the North Sea, or colder?
Posted on: Sep 20, 2009
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Fox Island at Popham Beach
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