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Launch Facilities & Shore fishing
Access in Maine
From Kittery to Cape
SOUTH BERWICK MAINE FISHING
The South Berwick boat ramp is located off Route 101 at the William
A. Bray Memorial Park. This town maintained facility has a gravel boat
ramp, not usable at low tide, and limited boat trailer parking. A near-by
bridge is a popular shore fishing location.
ELIOT MAINE FISHING
The town operated Piscataqua Boat Launch Facility, found off Route
103 on Hammond Lane in Eliot, is easily the busiest boat ramp on the
Piscataqua River. This site offers a cement boat ramp, a float, restrooms,
recreational playing fields, picnic tables and large parking lot. A
small sand beach borders the boat ramp where shore fishing is permitted.
A fee is charged for use of the ramp.
KITTERY MAINE FISHING
Two other Piscataqua River boat ramps, also located along Route 103,
but closer to open water, are at Traip Academy and Kittery Point. At
Traip Academy, on Williams Avenue, the boat ramp is paved and there
Is limited parking. The Kittery Point Boat Ramp (or Frisbee's Pier)
is found along Route 103 behind Frisbee's Supermarket. This site offers
a blacktop boat ramp (not usable at low tide), temporary docking space,
limited car parking and no trailer parking (unless you get permission
from Frisbee's); however, parking at the nearby Mitchell Elementary
School is satisfactory. Restrooms are available next to the boat ramp
and shore fishing is permitted. This site is a popular mackerel and
winter flounder fishing spot.
Fort McClary, Fort Foster, Fort Foster and Seapoint Beach (all located
off Route 103 east of Kittery) offer only shore fishing. At Fort McClary,
anglers can fish from the surrounding rocky shoreline. Parking is limited,
so plan accordingly. A fee is necessary to get into Fort Foster, but
a larger parking area, playground and fishing pier make this site an
attractive alternative. If you head further east on Route 103 toward
York Harbor, you will come to a popular surf fishing spot at Sea Point
Beach, on Sea Point Road. Parking here is also limited.
YORK (YORK HARBOR)
There are several sites used by shore fishermen in the York area,
including Town Docks 01 and 02 (where only daytime fishing, is permitted).
The Route 103 bridge, which crosses the York River and is visible from
the Town Docks, is also popular, as is a causeway just cast of the
bridge. Farther up the coast, off Route 1A, Long Beach offers surf
fishing opportunities. Roadside parking is available at this site.
By continuing north on Route 1A you will come to Cape Neddick where
Sohicy Park and Cape Neddick (Nubble) Light are located. The rocky
shoreline skirting the park is a productive site for shore fishermen.
Park facilities include restrooms, however parking is congested and
there is a two hour time limit. Short Sands Beach, located still farther
north on Route 1A, is another shore fishing site that offers restrooms
and ample metered parking in a town lot.
OGUNQUIT MAINE FISHING
Situated within the Ogunquit region are several popular fishing sites.
The Opunquit Beach area, located off Route 1, offers surf and river
fishing, restrooms and ample parking in the town lot (a fee is charged).
Next, located farther north off Route 1 on Ocean Street, is the Footbridge
Boat Launch, which offers a boat ramp and shore access. This site,
on the Ogunquit River, has a blacktop boat ramp suitable only for launching
small boats. Be forewarned that this ramp is not usable at low tide
and passage beneath the bridge at high tide is restricted. Restroom
facilities are a short walk from the footbridge and a large town parking
lot services this site. An alternate shore fishing site lies further
north along Route 1, where Ogunquit Beach ends and Moody Beach begins.
At this latter site, town parking is also plentiful and restrooms are
WELLS MAINE FISHING
Wells Beach has some great shore fishing and is easy to get to by
following Mile Road from Route 1. Parking is free in a small town lot,
however if this lot is full, additional parking is available in an
adjacent lot for a fee.
If fishing from a jetty is preferred, try the ones at the mouth of
the Webhannet River, off Wells Beach and Drakes Island Beach. To get
to the Wells Jetty from the Wells Beach town parking area, follow Atlantic
Avenue until the road ends. A fee is charged to park in a large town
lot where restrooms are available. Across the channel, anglers can
find equally good shore fishing off the opposing Drakes Island jetty
and adjoining Beach. This area can be accessed by going back to Route
1 and traveling north, until turning onto Drake's Island Road, which
eventually terminates in a small parking lot. Restrooms are located
next to this lot.
Between Wells Beach and Drakes island is the Wells Harbor Boat Launch.
This site has a single blacktop boat ramp (not usable at low tide),
a float and charges a user fee. Fishing from the town dock is permitted.
Restrooms are located next to the large parking lot. To find this site
from Route 1, turn onto the Harbor Road at the Wells fire station.
KENNEBUNK / KENNEBUNKPORT
At the mouth of the Mousam River is Parsons Beach. This site, considered
by many to be a hot striper fishing spot, has limited parking. The
road leading to this beach is located off Route 9, east of Wells. Prior
to crossing the bridge that spans the Mousam River, take a right onto
Parson's Beach Road and follow it to the end.
If one is looking for a boat ramp, the Mousam River Boat Ramp is located
next to the aforementioned Route 9 bridge on the east bank of the river.
Some downfalls of this site include a blacktop ramp in poor repair
(not usable at low tide) and hazardous down river passage beneath the
bridge at high tide. The Route 9 bridge itself and surrounding river
banks are also popular shore fishing sites. Parking for both vehicles
and trailers is along the road and is very limited.
Kennebunk Beach offers anglers shore fishing along a sand beach. Parking
is available for about one dozen vehicles.
The two jetties at the mouth of the Kennebunk River are popular shore
fishing sites. The jetty along the west side of the river can be accessed
from Gooch's Beach, which is located off Route 9 in Kennebunkport.
The east side jetty can be approached by traveling down Ocean Avenue,
aflong the east side of the river. Note that parking is limited at
Also on Ocean Avenue are privately owned Chick's Marina and Kennebunkport
Marina. Each have a paved boat ramp with nearby float that can be used
for a fee. The ramp at Chick's Marina is not usable at low tide and
only the Kennebunkport Marina has parking for boat trailers.
The Cape Porpoise Pier is an active shore fishing site, especially
when mackerel are running. This pier is located at the end of Pier
Road, off of Route 9. Parking is limited and there is no fee.
Additional shore fishing can be found at Goose Rocks Beach and Fortunes
Rocks Beach, both of which can be found off Route 9, as one proceeds
east from Cape Porpoise, on roads bearing the appropriate beach names.
Seasonal parking restrictions apply at both locations.
SACO / BIDDEFORD
The Saco River is one of the busiest sport fishing rivers in the state.
The most active boat ramp on the river is the state operated Meeting
House Eddy (Marblehead) Boat Launch, located on the west side of the
river on Routes 9 and 208. The site has two paved ramps, a float and
an outhouse. Upper and lower parking lots provide plenty of space for
both vehicles and trailers. This site also provides anglers with some
excellent shore access.
Further down river lies Vines Landing in Biddeford Pool. The boat
ramp here is made of gravel and has only a few spots for parking. Biddeford
Pool, which is also a popular shore fishing area, can be reached by
continuing south on Route 208 where it leaves Route 9.
Below the head-of-tide dam, on the east side of the river, is Saco's
Front Street Boat Ramp. This site, located on Front Street just off
Route 9, has a single paved boat ramp, a float and a large parking
lot. Boaters should exercise caution around this ramp at low water.
Shore anglers may follow the path along the river bank that leads to
a popular fishing spot just below the darn. (Please note that there
are legal restrictions regarding how close one can fish to a dam.)
Traveling further east on Route 9 leads one to the Camp Ellis Pier
boat ramp. Although this ramp is paved, it is unusable for larger boats
at low tide. Shore anglers can fish from the nearby dock, beach or
jetty at this locale. Ample parking and outhouse facilities help make
this a popular site. Note that the town charges for general parking
with an additional fee for ramp use. Ferry Beach, adjacent to Camp
Ellis (where aglers should park), also offers excellent open beach
OLD ORCHARD BEACH
Old Orchard Beach offers shore fishing along the Ocean Park section,
Old Orchard Beach proper and Surfside Beach. As with almost all public
beaches, seasonal restrictions apply to both parking and angler access.
Located along the western bank of the Scarborough River, on King Street,
lies the Pine Point Co-op boat ramp. This facility offers a paved ramp,
a dock, ample parking and public restrooms. Fishing off the dock or
along the beach is permitted.
Just a short walk from here lies the Scarborough River Jetty, a proven
spot for striper fishing. Situated farther north along Route 9 is the
Scarborough pipeline, which extends across Scarborough Marsh. Shore
fishing along the pipeline path is popular.
Located along the eastern bank of the Scarborough River is the Clay
Pitts Boat Ramp (sometimes called the Nonesuch Boat Ramp). This ramp
provides access to both the Nonesuch River and the Scarborough River,
and can be located by taking the Clay Pitts Road from Route 207. This
municipally maintained site has a single cement boat ramp in fair condition
(with an upgrade scheduled for the 1999 season) that is not usable
at low tide. There is adequate parking at this site.
Another launching facility, located on the east bank of the Scarborough
River, is the town of Scarborough's Ferry Beach Boat Ramp. Follow Route
207 toward Prouts Neck to find this location. Ferry Beach, which charges
a fee, offers ample parking, outhouse facilities, a swimming area and
a paved boat ramp (unusable at low tide). A prime striper fishing area
is located a short walk down the river (next to a ledge marked by a
navigational day marker).
Shore fishing can be had at Crescent Beach State Park, Two Lights
State Park and the Portland Head Light (Fort Williams). As with all
state Facilities, seasonal restrictions will apply
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