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Popham Beach State Park, Phippsburg

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Popham Beach State Park is a state park on the Atlantic Ocean in Phippsburg, Sagadahoc County, Maine. The park occupies a portion of the Popham Beach shoreline that stretches between the mouths of the Kennebec and Morse rivers. The park offers lifeguard-supervised swimming, kayaking, and fishing.HoursPopham Beach State Park is open year round, 9 AM - Sunset daily. The park charges a fee to enter.PetsThe Maine department of Agriculture, Conservation, and forestry states that dogs are allowed on Popham state beach from October 1st to March 31st.ErosionPopham Beach suffers significant erosion issues, especially in the winter. There have been several efforts made to stop the erosion, including placing large boulders designed to hold off the surf.HistoryThe state park sits near Fort Popham, a Civil War-era coastal defense fortification at the mouth of the Kennebec River. Excavations continue each summer for artifacts of the short lived Popham Colony, the first colony in what would come to be New England.
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  • We have NEVER been to a beach that is so incredibly clean. We couldn't find a bottle cap, pull tab, cigarette butt, or even seaweed along the water's edge. This is one pristine beach. It wasn't crowde...  more »
  • This beach was awesome! It is quite large so there is plenty of space to spread out! The tide changes dramatically, and at low tide, we were able to walk to an island which was a real treat. But, bewa...  more »
  • A must see if you are in the area. Phippsburg is a very quiet town and there is not much to it. We went to see the beach when it was quiet and not open yet. I can imagine this place gets very busy in ...  more »