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Local Beaches and Playgrounds

Playgrounds

Camden:
Montessori School, corner of Elm and Union Streets; Camden-Rockport Middle School, Knowlton Street.
Rockport:
Walker Park, off of Sea Street; Rockport Elementary School, Rte 90
Rockland:
Limerock Street Playground, opposite the courthouse; Snow Marine Park, Mechanic Street

Beaches

Camden:
Barrett’s Cove Beach, Megunticook Lake, off rte 52 – A small freshwater beach located on Megunticook Lake in Camden Maine. It is a classic lakefront beach that offers picnicking, outdoor grills, playgrounds for the kids, public restrooms and changing areas and free parking with easy access; Laite Memorial Beach, Bay View Street, Camden – Oceanfront swimming with scenic views of Camden Harbor, Camden Hills and Penobscot Bay. There is a picnic area with grills, play area for children and public restrooms; Shirt Tail Point, outer Washington Street – Rte 105, Camden – A small but wonderful freshwater swimming nook located on Megunticook Lake. The edge is shallow and sandy, great for small children to play safely in the water.

Glen Cove:

Glen Cove Beach, Glen Cove – A small saltwater beach located next to the Glen Cove Rest Area on Rte. 1. At low tide the beach is a great place to explore the mud flats for sea shells, crabs, urchins, snails and sand dollars.

Lincolnville/Lincolnville Beach:
Lincolnville Beach, Rte 1 Breezemere Park, off Rte 173, Lincolnville – A small sandy strip of beach head for swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. The beach is near several restaurants, gift shops and businesses and is home to the Islesboro State of Maine Ferry service; Ducktrap Beach, off Rte 1 on Howe Point Rd.

Owl’s Head:
Birch Point State Park (Lucia Beach), Owls Head – A 220 yard pocket-shaped beach located in a forested preserve with a freshwater marsh. No facilities and limited parking. Good area for kayaking. Crescent Beach is also located in Owls Head; Crockett Beach

Rockland:

Chickawaukee Lake, Rockland – A small freshwater beach with free parking and easy access. Picnic area with barbecue grills, restrooms and a public boat launch; Sandy Beach, Rockland – A small public beach located at the end of public landing boardwalk. Parking and Porta Potties, great spot for launching kayaks. Water quality tested regularly.

Rockport:

Walker Park, off of Sea Street, Rockport – A small harbor park that offers access to the saltwater. Children’s playground, picnic tables, fire pits and barbecue grills. At low tide there is a sandy beach for wading and beachcombing for sea shells.

Searsport:
Moose Point State Park

Bath:
Reid State Park

Public Boat Launching Ramps

Lincolnville Launching Ramp: This ramp is located just off Route 1 in Lincolnville, to the right of the ferry terminal. At low tides, this ramp is unusable due to its low drop-off angle. This is an ideal location for trips to Warren Island State Park and Islesboro, both of which have docks to tie up to.

Barrett’s Cove Launching Ramp: This ramp is located on Route 52 on Megunticook Lake. Take Route 52 (Mountain Street) out of Camden and drive about three miles. You will come to a curve near the cliffs and a steep downhill. The lake and paved parking area and ramp dock will be on the left. The ramp is accessible at all times.

Bogg’s Bridge Launching Ramp: This ramp is located on Route 105 on Megunticook Lake, about 2.5 miles from Route 1 in Camden. The ramp is very shallow and not suitable for larger boats.

Camden Harbor Launching Ramps:

(1) Located on the north side of Camden Harbor near Lyman Morse (Wayfarer Marine). This is a public ramp, without a dock, but with immediate access to Camden Harbor. Limited free parking . Take Sea Street off Route 1 heading north of Camden. Drive to the end of Sea Street and then turn left. The paved ramp will be approximately 50 yards down to the left of the condominiums.

(2) A public kayak launch is located on the far side of Harbor Park,
across from the Library Amphitheatre on Atlantic Avenue.

Rockport Harbor Launching Ramp: The Marine Park is the town landing in Rockport near the Goose River Bridge. The ramp is the best in the area for salt water access. The park is on the south side of the harbor. The entrance is marked and easy to find off Pascal’s Avenue, heading over the river away from the village center.

Chickawaukee Lake Launching Ramp: Located on Route 17 between Rockland and Camden. This is a small lake popular for jet skis and windsurfing.

Rockland Harbor Launching Ramp: Off Route 73 in Rockland. Take a left off Route 73 about half a mile outside of the city. There is a $5.00 launching fee in the summer. The ramp is a dual ramp.

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