Camden is blessed with several nice beaches on Penobscot Bay, local lakes and ponds, as well as other locations for water access and views. Below are the ones most visited. If you have any questions please give us a call at 236-3438. For information on Camden’s saltwater boat launch ramp send a note to the Harbormaster or call 236-7969.
Laite Beach Park is located on Bay View Street about 1/2 mile from the middle of downtown. It overlooks Camden’s outer harbor and Curtis Island. Amenities include: toilets and changing rooms, a large open gently sloping lawn, a children’s amphitheater, a swing set for toddlers, picnic tables, barbecues, a protected saltwater beach with coarse sand, and a swim float a few yards offshore. As with all Camden beaches there is no lifeguard on duty. Between May 1st and September 30th pets are only allowed in the park and on the beach from 6 AM to 8 AM and from 6 PM to 10 PM.
To check out the beach status and monitoring data from Maine’s Healthy Beaches Program click here.
BARRETT’S COVE BEACH PARK:
Barrett’s Cove is located on Lake Megunticook on Beaucaire Ave. near the intersection with Route 52. This freshwater beach and park has been a favorite destination for swimmers, picnickers, canoers and kayakers for many years. Amenities include: changing rooms, portable toilets, open lawn and shady areas with picnic tables and barbecues, a sandy and gently sloping beach, and a deep water swim float. There is no lifeguard on duty. Pets are restricted during the summer as indicated with Laite Beach above.
SHIRTTAIL POINT PARK:
This little gem of a park is a favorite of locals in the Millville section of town. It is located on Washington Street about 1.75 miles from downtown. Amenities include: a portable toilet, lawn, picnic tables and barbecues, and a gently sloping access to a deep and slow moving section of the Megunticook River. The bottom of the river here is sandy but above the high water mark there is only lawn. Pets are restricted during the summer as indicated at the beaches above, but you may need to shoo off some Canada geese to spread out your blanket on the lawn if you are the first to arrive for the day. Hand launched canoes and kayaks can gain access to the deep and slow moving section of the river above Seabright Dam from this park.
Located on Molyneaux Road at the intersection of Beaucaire Ave. this small park is further upstream from Shirttail
point and is just below the outlets of the Megunticook River from Megunticook Lake. Hodson Park is primarily visited by fishermen and picnickers because the water is shallow for swimming, often runs with a strong current when the dams are opened, and there is no beach. However this is a good park to bring your dog for a dip during the summer when other waterfront parks do not allow dogs during the middle of the day. Amenities include a few picnic tables located under majestic pine trees.
Harbor Park is located at the head of Camden’s iconic harbor in the heart of downtown. It offers spectacular views of the inner harbor and up toward Mount Bettie. At the top of the park is Camden’s famous Amphitheatre where you might see a wedding taking place or an outdoor concert during the summer. The park consists of sweeping lawns down to the edge of the harbor and several walking paths with benches to enjoy the views of the schooner fleet and dozens of other boats moored in the harbor. There is water access, and a nice view of the waterfall where the Megunticook River enters the harbor, but there really isn’t a beach for swimming or wading. Harbor Park is managed by the Camden Harbor Park Conservancy, a division of the Camden Public Library. For more information about Camden’s most famous park and photographs click here.
HOSMER POND at the RAGGED MOUNTAIN RECREATION AREA:
The Ragged Mountain Recreation Area (home of the Camden Snow Bowl) borders on 55 acre Hosmer Pond. There are several points the pond can be accessed for shoreline fishing and there is one location that is used as a multi-purpose site for: trailer-able boat launching, hand carried boat launching, swimming, fishing, and dog dipping. As a result it can get pretty busy at times. The surface is gravel and gently sloping. Other amenities include picnic tables, ramp to floats attached to shore, and a portable toilet about 100 yards away. The water in Hosmer Pond is clear and consistently tests very high in quality. The pond is stocked with Brown Trout and has native populations of several other species including bass, perch, and pickerel. It is common to see Canada Geese, Loons, Ospreys and even Bald Eagles visiting the pond. Due to its relatively small size there is very little motor boat traffic and boats are restricted to idle speed by state statute in all but a very small portion of the pond.