Popham Beach State Park Conditions & Activities

Park & Beach Conditions

June 26, 2022 | 8:50 AM | Alert: Strong rip currents and heavy seas forecasted throughout today, Sunday 6/26. Swimming is not recommended for inexperienced swimmers. Limited to no beach space from 9:30AM- 1:30PM due to high tide. Ocean waves are unpredictable, please stand away from the edge of the water and stay vigilant while viewing the ocean. Check in with Lifeguards and Park Staff for the most up to date conditions and advisories. For more information call 207-389-1335.

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Safety Updates for Maine State Parks and Public Lands.

Stairs Removed from East Beach Path Notice - May 26, 2022 - The stairs on the east side of the beach (left side of parking lot when you pull in) have been removed due to beach erosion. The East Beach path is now a picnic area only.

Location: On Maine Route 209 in Phippsburg, 14 miles south of Bath (Lat. 43.738436, Lon. -69.798309)

Park Hours: Open all year; 9:00 a.m. to sunset daily unless otherwise posted at the gate. NOTICE: Fee collected year-round at entry booth by staff or self-service station.

Popham Beach State Park is Maine's busiest state park beach. Facilities include bathhouses, fresh-water solar rinse-off showers, and charcoal grills. Sand movement resulting from beach dynamics has had a dramatic effect on Popham Beach, causing extreme shoreline change and dune erosion. Please support re-establishment of the dunes by staying on the trails to the beach and avoiding all vegetated areas. Visitors can walk to Fox Island at low tide, but are warned to pay attention to the quick-rising tides so as not to get marooned.

See the current weather and tide links in the right column under Related Links.

Be Shark Smart

Activities Listing

Swimming & Surfing

  • Swimming has right-of-way over all other water use, however do stay alert to your surroundings and the other recreational activities.
  • Check the current weather and tide information by using the links found in the right column of this page under Related Links.
  • Sandy beach at swimming area.
  • Personal flotation devices, including life jackets, are not allowed at this surf beach for safety reasons, however leashed boogie boards are allowed. Rip currents will carry a person wearing a life-vest out to sea very quickly.
  • Know what to do if caught in a rip current; swim parallel to the shore until you clear the outward pull of the rip, then swim in to shore.
  • Inexperienced swimmers and children should use caution and have experienced swimmers with them. Remember that shallow water can still be of danger and have strong currents too.
  • Due to consistently strong currents, attempts to swim to the islands are strongly discouraged.
  • Wheelchair accessible. Beach wheelchair available pending availability on a first come, first served basis.
  • Surfers frequent Popham; experienced surfers especially enjoy winter surfing.
  • Lifeguards are on duty mid-June to mid-August.



  • Are allowed on the beach from October 1 through March 31 however a Horse Beach Permit is required.


  • Picnic tables and charcoal grills are located near the beach, all with views of the water.


  • Stand-up paddle boarding is a popular activity here.
  • Sea kayaking is a great way to enjoy the coastline.



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