Originally published in Seasonal Guide, April 12, 2012
On a bench or at a beach for spring
Horton Emerson Waterside Park, a short walk down Water St. from Main St., with views of Blue Hill Harbor. Continue on down Water St. to the town park that has picnic tables, a children’s playground, a large grassy area and a swimming spot.
A small park area is located at the end of Naskeag Road, accessible via Rte. 175 to the village.
Bakeman Beach, Harborside (Brooksville). 400 Weir Cove Rd.
In Castine, follow Main St. down to the water and the town dock, where your bench overlooks the busy, dynamic harbor, including the Maine Maritime Academy’s vessels and many sailboats.
Backshore Beach, on Wadsworth Cove Rd.
Deer Isle and Stonington
Stinson Park is a tiny lot in Stonington’s parking lot on Main St., featuring the Stonecutter Statue. Here, your bench is a window on the town’s vibrant working waterfront, overlooking the harbor, town pier, and out to the islands.
Causeway Beach, at the south end of the causeway in Deer Isle. Swim and explore the tidal zone. u
Lily Pond, Deer Isle. Rte. 15 to Deer Run driveway, then a short walk to the pond.
Sand Beach, Stonington. Rte 15A to Burnt Cove Market. Bear right onto Sand Beach Road. Beach is less than a mile on right. Park on side of road, walk in. Please be mindful of parking signs, as you are likely be towed for parking in no parking areas. Parking is strictly enforced.
Other beaches, Island. If you care to brave the (mostly) icy waters, take a dip at the Tennis Preserve, Barred Island Preserve and Shore Acres Preserve. Ocean temperatures average from 50 degrees in May to 63 degrees in August.
Accessing the water
Whether launching a boat or visiting shore from a larger vessel, knowing where you can access the water makes for smooth sailing (or paddling, or motoring).
Be safe when on the water, and be sure to follow Maine State law, available in detail at maine.gov/ifw/laws_rules/boatlaws.htm. Also, keep an eye out for ledges and lobster buoys when on the ocean.
Town wharf, behind the firehouse in Blue Hill village, Water St. There is a float and a ramp. This wharf is inaccessible at low tide.
South Blue Hill, Rte. 175, a wharf with a float, ramp and parking. Heavily used as a working wharf by area fisherman, but open to the public.
Naskeag Point at the end of Naskeag Road, accessible via Rte. 175 to the village. Float and ramp. Parking available.
Bagaduce River access, on Rte. 176, Bagaduce Road. A 0.1 path leads through the woods to a small boat put-in on the river. No vehicle access to river, parking is on side of road.
Dodge’s Point town landing. At the end of Town Landing Rd, off Rte. 176. Ramp and float.
Betsy’s Cove town landing, with float and parking. Northeast corner of Buck’s Harbor, off Rte. 176.
Town dock, ramp, float, launch and tie-up available, located in the heart of downtown Castine along Water St. Parking is also available.
Just south of Deer Isle village there is a public launch area, across from the Mill Pond. Parking is limited, there is no ramp and no float, but room to back a trailer in when the tide is right, or to launch kayaks. Watch for rocks once in the water.
Northern Bay, heading north on Rte. 175, Public Landing Road will appear on left. If approaching from the south, road appears on right after Northern Bay Market. Partial tidal launching.
Tidal access on Benjamin River. Town dock, located Carter Point Road, off Rte. 175.
Bagaduce River access. Rte. 176, Graytown Rd., next to Camp Stream bridge.
The public landing in downtown Stonington is not the commercial fish pier, but rather at the eastern end of Main Street, near the Stonington Fire Department. There you will find the public landing with a float, perfect for tendering. (There is a two-hour limit to tying up there.)
To launch a boat, Colwell Ramp is located at the foot of Seabreeze Avenue, where you can turn right onto Colwell’s Lane just before entering the ferry terminal. Parking is for loading and unloading only; launch first then park elsewhere.
Town landing, on Wharf Rd. Ramp, trailer access, parking available.