Two Lights, Kettle Cove and Crescent Beach State Park Conditions & Activities

Safety Updates for Maine State Parks and Public Lands.

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Crescent Beach State Park is at 109 Bowery Beach Road; eight miles south of Portland off Route 77 (also called Bowery Beach Rd.) in Cape Elizabeth. (Lat. 43.567210, Lon. -70.237746). Kettle Cove State Park is adjacent to Crescent Beach off Kettle Cove Road. Two Lights State Park is off Route 77 on Two Lights Road.

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.

Crescent Beach State Park offers bathing in the surf or in the sun at one of Maine's finest beaches - a mile-long cresent shaped beach that is ideal for strolling. There are picnic tables and grills, a children's playground, a snack bar, and a bathhouse with cold-water showers.

Kettle Cove State Park, located adjacent to Crescent Beach State Park, offers beautiful coastal views and a walking trail around the cove.

Two Lights State Park encompasses 41-acres of rocky headlands. Standing high above the rocky coast and rolling surf, visitors have sweeping views of Casco Bay and the open Atlantic. Off Route 77 in Cape Elizabeth and one-half mile east of Crescent Beach State Park.(Lat 43.560191, Lon -70.209173). A playground, picnic tables, and grills are available. A shelter and sites for groups are available by reservation for a fee.

Be Shark Smart

Shark sightings are becoming more frequent in Maine and New England. Learn how to be shark smart this summer while visiting coastal beaches. This video, produced to to raise awareness and help people and white sharks co-exist peacefully, was developed by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, the Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachucetts Division of Marine Fishers, and officials from Cape Cod and South Shore towns.

Be Shark Smart to stay safe and to protect wildlife:

  • Follow lifeguard instructions, signs, and warning flags.
  • Be aware that sharks hunt for seals in shallow water.
  • Stay close to shore where rescuers can reach you.
  • Swim, paddle, kayak, and surf in groups; and avoid splashing.
  • Avoid seals and schools of fish.
  • Avoid murky or low-visibility water.

To learn more about white shark research and to download the Sharktivity App, visit

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.
  • 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.
  • The use of floating devices, face masks or snorkels is prohibited at surf beaches. Scuba diving may be allowed by permit obtained at the park. Please speak with park staff if you have questions.
  • 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.
  • Wheelchair accessible. Beach wheelchair available pending availability on a first come, first served basis.
  • 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.


  • Stand-up paddle lessons and rentals available peak-season.
  • Sea kayak lessons and rentals available peak-season.



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