PophamBeach provides a rare stretch of sandy shore along the rugged Maine coastline.
Iâ€™m not a big fan of dipping my toes in Maineâ€™s ocean water because itâ€™s so darn cold, but the allure of PophamBeach has enticed me into the waves several times.Sandwiched between the Kennebec and MorseRivers, the shoreline here changes rapidly with erosion and tides.
One of the best features is FoxIsland, which you can walk out to during low tide.The back side of FoxIsland presents itself to crashing waves and there are plenty of places to perch and witness the seaâ€™s might (please be sure to stay alert as Iâ€™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 FoxIsland, 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.Donâ€™t recall seeing any food for sale, but if you read my entry on FortPopham, Spinneyâ€™s restaurant is just a mile away.Though you arenâ€™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.