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Water Activities

Beaches

Searching for the perfect beach?  Popham Beach, (389-9125) is renowned for its wide, sandy beach, beautiful views and excellent swimming. Kids will love exploring the ruins of the adjacent historic Fort Popham. 

For family fun in Brunswick, Thomas Point Beach (725-6009, 29 Meadow Rd.) is a clean, sandy beach that offers picnicking, camping, a snack bar, playgrounds for the kids, and volleyball and softball areas. 

Or visit Coffin Pond Recreation Area with a sandy beach, lifeguards, 55' water slide, playground and picnic sites. (725-6656, River Rd., Brunswick)

Interested in exploring nature?  Discover Reid State Park (371-2303) – a paradise of sand dunes, hiking trails, bird watching and a magnificent beach! (375 Seguinland Rd, Georgetown.)

Or you may want to enjoy freshwater swimming and picnicking among the shade trees at Peacock Beach (Rt. 201, Richmond).

For tide information visit this site.

Boating & Waterways

Local boat yards abound in Southern Midcoast Maine. Our yards range from offering full service boat maintenance and repair.  Finest Kind Boatyard and Dolphin Marina and Restaurant  facilities both cater to do-it-yourself enthusiasts. Our businesses offer some of the best indoor and outdoor boat storage options available in Maine.  Many yards offer boat brokerage services.  Our coastal waters are also home to one of Maine’s world class custom yacht manufacturers. New Meadows Marina (New Meadows River between West Bath and Brunswick) and the Kennebec Tavern & Marina (Kennebec River in Bath) offer services. See their listings in the directory under Marinas.

PUBLIC BOAT ACCESS

With 18 public boat landings, visitors can access the water from numerous locations.  A complete list is located on the map in our Visitor’s Guide and click here.

Explore Local Waterways

With more coastline than any other section of Maine, sail boat and motor boat enthusiasts are sure to find pleasure when cruising our waters.  Two bays and four major rivers grace the waters of coastal Southern Midcoast Maine and are a delight to explore. 

If you don't have your own boat, try Captain's Watch Sail Charters (Harpswell), scheduled trips from Maine Maritime Museum (Bath). Tours (homeport Sheepscot River, Edgecomb).

Dotted with lobster buoys and osprey, Casco Bay is home to many species of marine life including seals, dolphins, and migrating pilot whales. It offers welcoming harbors including Mackerel Cove, Cundy’s and Sebasco. To experience marine life up close, book a trip aboard Boothbay Whale Watch, Cap'n Fish's WhaleWatch & Scenic Nature Cruises, and Casco Bay Lines (Bailey Island Nature Cruise).

The Kennebec River is adorned with dramatic lighthouses. You will find more details in the Lighthouse section of this website.

Adventurous cruisers can continue two miles offshore to open ocean and Sequin Island. Visiting the 64-acre island, lighthouse, and museum by private boat is permissible, but bring your dingy, use NOAA Chart 13295, “Kennebec and Sheepscot River Entrances” to assist in safe navigation into the cove. 

If you are looking to see bald eagles and other waterfowl, the Maine Audubon lists Merrymeeting Bay, where the Androscoggin and Kennebec Rivers meet, as a prime location for boaters to spot these majestic birds.

The Sheepscot River provides exploration of Westport Island, Wiscasset and Edgecomb, including water views of the Fort Edgecomb.

Sportfishing Charters & Guide Services

Sportfishing charters are available from Captain Jay McGown, Obsession Sport Fishing Charters and Sea Escape Charters. Sea Escape also offers sailing charters.

See our Directory under Boats, for more details, including phone numbers. 

Tide Charts can be found at this website.

For Kids

Fishing And Water Based Activities

Water, water everywhere! Bait your hook and fish at one of numerous bridges, ponds and streams…the New Meadows River, Bay Bridge Landing, Bath Waterfront Park, Pejepscot Fish Park, Caesar Pond and more.

Venture down the stairs next to the Brunswick-Topsham Hydro Station and watch salmon, alewives and shad as they migrate up the Androscoggin River through an aquarium like window – May through June in the afternoons.

Whiz down a water slide and picnic with the family at Coffin Pond (Brunswick.) Enjoy the cool freshwater at Peacock Beach State Park (Richmond). Discover hidden swimming ponds in all of our towns…Center Pond, Charles Pond or Nequasset Lake.

Family Activities

Many of the best family outings are free… walking and hiking trails, farmer’s markets, summer outdoor concerts (Bowdoinham Waterfront, Music on the Mall in Brunswick and Bath Gazebo Concerts) and public libraries have not only children’s areas but special programs. And don’t forget a walk to a local playground. Most can be found at the elementary schools located in our 16 communities. All are open to the public during non-school hours.

No matter what your kids want to do, they can find it in one of our 16 communities. Make sure to check out the other listings under “Attractions” on this website.

Kayaking

Kayaking options abound here. With abundant ocean and river options, 17 public boat launches, and hundreds of miles of coastline, choices range from an easy hour paddle to overnight excursions.

Bring your own kayak or rent from a local outfitter. Local outfitters include Up the Creek Kayak and Canoe Rentals, and Seaspray  Kayaking. Take advantage of their many touring offers including moonlight or sunset paddles, trips to Eagle Island, multi-day expeditions, inn to inn tours, corporate team building programs and more! Test your skills in a local race or kayak fishing tournament.

For those interested in becoming an instructor, 3 day ACA Instructor Development workshops or Certification workshops are offered in the region.

Museums

Maine Maritime Museum. This coastal museum is breathtaking. It gives you a birds-eye view of the ships in dock at Bath Ironworks too! Be awestruck at the life-size sculptural representation of the Wyoming, the largest wooden commercial sailing vessel ever constructed. Step aboard a replica of a diesel tug boat pilothouse and lots more.

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