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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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  • Lovely beach. Finer sand than most Maine beaches. We arrived at 11:00 on a Friday and there was still plenty of parking. Clean changing area and bathrooms. When the tide is out you can walk up on the ...  more »
  • In season, go early or go late, even on a weekday, as the parking lot fills up and then you are out of luck. I didn't know there were such large or such nice beaches north of Portland! Great surf, nic...  more »
  • Great for quiet beach visit except on Summer weekend. Large, Sandy beach with opportunity to walk out to a rocky island at low tide. Limited services (food, gas, etc.) but it is not a typical tourist ...  more »

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