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The South Portland Municipal Boat Ramp, located off Route 77 next to Bug
Light, is a popular site. Two cement ramps, a float, an outhouse and a
large parking lot can be found here. if launching a boat, be prepared
to pay a fee. The area around Bug Light is also a favorite shore fishing
Spring Point Ledge Light, also off Route
77 and close to the Southern Maine Technical College campus, provides
anglers with plenty of shore access. Spring Point Ledge Light sits at
the end of a jetty that extends into the Portland Harbor channel. Parking
here is limited.
Located in the center of the city's historic waterfront district is Portland's
Public Pier. This site is popular among shore anglers, especially when
mackerel are in. Parking at this location is limited.
Another city facility is the Eastern Promenade
Boat Launch, located on Cutter Street just off Portland's Eastern Promenade.
This facility offers two cement boat ramps, a float, adequate trailer
parking, restrooms, a family swimming beach and fishing along the shore
line. In addition, an attendant supervises this facility. A fee is charged
to use the boat ramps.
The Falmouth Town Landing can be found on Town Landing Road off Route
88. This boat ramp was recently redone, but remains unusable at low tide.
A float is on site and there is limited parking. Be prepared to pay a
ramp use fee if you are not a town resident.
The Yarmouth Town Landing, which provides access to the Royal River, has
a cement boat ramp (a fee is charged for out-of-town residents) and a
dock. Parking is plentiful and an outhouse is available. To find this
site, take Bayview Drive (on the east side of the river) and follow the
access signs to the shore.
This river also supports several busy marinas,
one of which, the Yarmouth Boat Yard (located on Route 88), permits the
use of their private boat ramp for a fee. Their gravel ramp unusable at
low tide) has a float. Parking is adequate and there is an outhouse on
Located on the Freeport Road in South Freeport (off Route 1, near the
giant Indian) is a sign that will direct you to the town operated Winslow
Park. Winslow Park has a paved boat ramp (not usable at low tide) with
a float. In addition, this site has adequate parking, restrooms, wooded
picnic areas, campsites, nature trails and a swimming beach. A fee is
charged to enter the park.
Water Street Landing, located close to the center of downtown Brunswick
just off Route 1 on Water Street, provides access to the Androscoggin
River below the Brunswick dam. This facility, which opens 1/2 hr before
sunrise and closes 1/2 hr after sunset, has a cement boat ramp and a large
parking lot. At this location, the Androscoggin River flows into Merrymeeting
Bay, which then links with both the upper and lower portions of the Kennebec
Sawyer Park, located on the Bath Road between
Brunswick and Bath, provides excellent access to the New Meadows River.
This facility offers anglers a cement ramp, float, large parking area,
picnic tables and an out-house.
Another site in Brunswick is Simpson Point
Boat Ramp, located at the head of Middle Bay. To find this town maintained
site, take Route 24 south from Route I in Brunswick, continue south along
Main Street to the Mere Point Road, from there to the Simpson Point Road
and follow this road until it ends. This single cement boat ramp, which
is not usable at low tide, is not recommended for boats over 24 feet.
There is minimal parking, if any, along the roadside.
Other sites in the Brunswick region that are closer to open water can
be found in South Harpswell and on Bailey Island. One can get to the Harpswell
sites from Route I by taking Route 24 south, then Route 123 south. At
the end of Route 123 lies the South Harpswell Boat Ramp. This site has
a boat ramp, but car and boat trailer parking are not permitted. Privately
owned Dolphin Marine Service, located nearby, has a paved boat ramp, dock,
ample parking, restrooms and charges a ramp fee.
Following Route 24 all the way south out
of Brunswick leads to Great (Sebascodegan), Orrs and Bailey Islands. Turkey
Bridge Boat Ramp is on the Prince Point Road just before you leave the
mainland and cross over Gurnet Strait to Great Island. This cement boat
ramp (not usable at low tide) is town maintained. Parking is in a small
dirt lot as well as along the roadside.
Further south on Route 24, a private blacktop
boat ramp and float are at the Great Island Boat Yard on Great Island.
A fee is charged, parking is limited and a restroom is located here.
Another private boat
ramp is located at the S. J. Prince & Son Store on Orrs Island,
just before the Bailey Island bridge. The ramp at this site is gravel
and can be difficult to use on extreme low tides. Parking here is
limited and a ramp use fee is charged at the store.
If you are looking for shore access in
this area, check out the end of Bailey Island. This area is sometimes
referred to as Lands End and is where Route 24 terminates. Anglers can
park in the large lot next to the gift shop.
The Kennebec River's
tidal waters hold one of Maine's most cherished saltwater sport-fisheries.
From Augusta to Phippsburg and Georgetown, the Kennebec's striped
bass fishing is currently recognized as being 'World Class."
AUGUSTA / CHELSEA
Edwards Dam in Augusta (removed in the summer of 1999) currently marks
the Kennebec River's head-of-tide. Sportfishing in the waters below the
dam is popular, with rough shore access provided along the west side of
the river. Parking is available in a large gravel lot found in front of
the Edward's Power Plant facility, located on Water Street off Route 104.
Look for a metal stairway along the edge of the parking lot that leads
to the shore.
A short distance down river (along the
same Route) is the Augusta Boat Landing. Not only is this a good place
to temporarily land your boat, but it is also an easily accessed shore
fishing site for striper fishing. This landing is situated next to a large
municipal parking lot in the city's old business district. (Note: there
is no boat ramp at this location).
On the east side of the river, next to
Fort Western, is Augusta's Eastside Boat Landing. This site has a single
cement ramp serviced by a float, large parking lot, restrooms, picnic
tables and a children's playground. Shore fishing at this site is excellent.
Further down river lies the Butternut Park
boat ramp in Chelsea. Follow Route 9 south out of Augusta into Chelsea,
turn right onto Ferry Road and continue down the winding road to reach
this site. This town operated park has a single gravel boat ramp that
is in poor condition and not usable at low tide. On site parking is limited.
HALLOWELL / GARDINER / RANDOLPH
Other boat ramps found further down the west side of the Kennebec fie
in the cities of Hallowell and Gardiner. The Hallowell Boat Ramp is on
Routes 201 & 27 in the downtown area. it has one cement boat ramp
serviced by a float and adequate parking. Shore anglers occasionally
fish from the float. The Gardiner Public Town Landing is located just
below the Gardiner and Randolph bridge, with access from Route 24. This
site has two cement boat ramps serviced by a float. Parking for boat
trailers (in a large city lot) is limited. Picnic tables and restroom
facilities are available. This site is a popular shore fishing spot,
specifically where the Cobbosseecontee Stream flows into the Kennebec
Another shore fishing spot in this area
is just across the river at the Randolph Town Landing. This site can be
found a short distance down the east side of the river from the Gardiner/Randolph
bridge, behind a large three story brick building.
Further south on Route 24, on the Kennebec's west side, lies the Richmond
Waterfront Park. This park has a single cement boat ramp, a float, limited
parking and an outhouse. The Steve Powell Wildlife Management Area on
Swans Island is just across the channel and this site serves as its ferrying
Continuing south on Route 24, the next public boat ramp is found in the
town of Bowdoinham. The Bowdoinham Town Landing is part of a town park,
has a paved boat ramp, a dock, ample parking, an out-house and picnic
tables. This site provides access to the Cathance River which flows into
Merrymeeting Bay. Should you choose to follow the Cathance into Merrymeeting
Bay, note that this bay is shallow and can be a challenge to navigate.
Merrymeeting Bay eventually drains into the Kennebec River where conditions
The city of Bath has a public dock and two public boat ramps. On Commercial
Street in the city's waterfront district is the Bath Public Boat Landing,
(there is no boat ramp here) situated between two private marinas. The
city's Northend Boat Ramp is located farther up river on Bowery Street,
adjacent to a waste treatment plant. This site has two cement boat ramps,
a float, an outhouse, plus plenty of parking for both cars and boat trailers.
e city's second public boat ramp is found down river just past the historic
Bath Iron Works shipyard on Washington Street. The state operated Washington
Street Public Launch is new in 1999, has a single cement boat ramp, a
float, outhouse and plenty of parking.
Morse Cove Public Launch, one of the busiest boat ramps in the state,
is located farther down the Kennebec River in Phippsburg. This state maintained
site has a single cement boat ramp, a float and an outhouse. Both upper
anct lower parking lots generally offer ample parking. To get to this
facile take Route 209 south from Bath, turn left onto Fiddler Reach Road
and follow signs.
One of the most productive surf fishing
sites found in Maine is along the shoreline of Popham Beach State Park
in Phippsburg, near the end of Route 209. An entrance fee is charged at
the park gate, but the on-site restrooms, changing rooms, picnic tables,
swimming beach and adequate parking can make the fee worth paying. Shore
fishing at nearby Fort Popham is also popular. Fort Popham is a few miles
beyond the Popham Beach State Park entrance. People can fish from the
shoreline as well as off a dock, across from the Fort's entrance. Parking
at this site is limited. Outhouse facilities are located next to the parking
Wiscasset Town Landing, off Route I on Water Street in Wiscasset's downtown,
offers access to the Sheepscot River. Restroorns, two blacktop boat ramps,
plus several docks with attached floats are on site. Fishing from the
town dock (not to be confused with the nearby Wiscasset Yacht Club dock)
is permitted. Parking is limited, especially spaces for boat trailers.
Another public boat ramp,
Wiscasset's Ferry Landing, provides access to the west Back River
(off the Sheepscot River). From this site boaters can get to the
Sheepscot River and the Sasanoa River. To get to this boat ramp,
follow Route 144 off Route 1 until Route 144 bends at a crossroad.
Proceed straight through the crossroad and bear left at the 'Y" in
road just before you reach the front gate of the Maine Yankee Nuclear
Power Plant. Amenities at this site include one blacktop and one
cement ramp (both are very steep), a float and a large parking lot
(located above the ramp site).
Knickerkane Island Park has a black-top boat ramp that is in good condition.
In addition, a swimming float, outhouse, picnic tables and large parking
lot are on site. Situated on the east Back River (off the Sheepscot, separating
Barters Island from Boothbay), this ramp provides access to the lower
Sheepscot River and Sheepscot Bay. To get to the site, follow Route 27
to Boothbay; turn right onto Corey Lane at the Boothbay town common and
follow the signs toward Barters Island. The park is on the left just before
Townsend Gut Boat Ramp (redone in 1998)
is located on McKown Point Road in the village of West Boothbay Harbor,
off Route 27. This town maintained boat ramp is on the right at the base
of a hill. This site shares space with a small private landing; there
is no public float here and parking for boat trailers is along McKown
Point Road only.
A third boat ramp in the Boothbay area
is located off Route 96 in the village of East Boothbay. The Murray Hill
Boat Ramp, on Murray Hill Road, is paved and provides access to Linekin
Bay. This ramp is in good condition, however it is generally not usable
one hour before and after low tide and is difficult to use with a strong
SW wind. Parking for boat trailers on site is adequate.
The only public boat ramp servicing the Damariscotta River is found at
the Damariscotta Town Landing. This site has a single blacktop boat ramp
and a float. Parking is in the large town lot where, Specially marked
parking spaces are reserved for boat trailers. To get to this location,
go to Damariscotta's downtown business district (on Route 1B) and enter
the large municipal parking lot that borders the river. The nearby small
bridge and surrounding area are also known to offer good shore fishing
for targeting stripers.
BRISTOL (NEW HARBOR / ROUND
The historic state owned Fort William Henry in Colonial Pemaquid includes
a public boat ramp. The fort is located off Route 130 on Huddle Road in
the village of New Harbor. On site are several parking lots and a blacktop/gravel
boat ramp. Fishing from the dock behind the restaurant is a popular activity,
Particularly when mackerel are running. Paring and ramp use are free and
restrooms are near the museum. if you wish to enter the fort's exhibit
buildings, there is a fee.
Another public ramp in the Bristol area,
off Route 32, is at the village of Round Pond's Town Landing. This site
has two blacktop ramps serviced by a float. A fee is charged for ramp
use. There is no immediate parking for boat trailers at this site, as
space is tight with several busy lobster businesses sharing the location.
An outhouse is located nearby. Shore fishing from the Town Dock is popular.
The Waldoboro Marine Park is located along the west side of the Medomak
River, off Route 32 on Dutch Neck Road. This town maintained site has
a paved boat ramp and adequate parking.
The Waldoboro Town Landing is farther up
river in the town of Waldoboro and has a blacktop boat ramp. Parking is
in a spacious lot. This facility is on Pine Street, which also runs along
the west bank of the Medomak River.
The Thomaston Boat Landing is situated along the east bank of the St.
George River on Water Street in Thomaston's waterfront district. This
facility, heavily used by both clam harvesters and recreational fishermen,
has a cement boat ramp and a float. An adequately sized parking lot can
be found at this site.
ST. GEORGE (PORT CLYDE /
Where Route 131 ends on the St. George peninsula, lies the Port Clyde
Boat Ramp. This site is often crowded, especially when the ferry is in
from Monhegan Island. Due to this congestion, parking is limited with
no spaces reserved for boat trailers. A single cement boat ramp services
the site and outhouses can be found at the ferry dock. Mackerel fishing
from the town dock is a popular activity.
Traveling north on Route 131 brings you
to the village of Tenants Harbor. Along the shore on Commercial Street
lies the Tenants Harbor Town Landing. This facility has a single cement
boat ramp serviced by a float. Parking in the small lot is limited to
4 hours with no spaces for boat trailers.
Access to the Weskeag River and its locally known striped bass fishery
can be had via the South Thomaston Town Landing. This site, located off
Route 73, Has a single blacktop boat ramp and adequate parking. Shore
fishing here can be excellent, especially below the Route 73 bridge.
Snow Marine Park, on Mechanic Street (off Route 73) in Rockland's southend,
is the busiest boat ramp in the area. Two cement ramps, a float, an outhouse
and large parking lot can be found here. Be prepared to pay a fee if you
plan to use the ramp.
One of the most visited attractions in
this region is the Rockland Breakwater Light. This mile long breakwater,
which is constructed of large granite blocks, is used by both sightseers
(the light house at the end of the breakwater is the chief draw) and fishermen.
The catch of shore anglers fishing off the breakwater consists mostly
of mackerel and pollock, with the occasional striped bass, cunner and
black sea bass mixed in. To get to this site, take Waldo Avenue off Route
I at the north end of town and follow shore access signs until you arrive
at the breakwater. Parking here is limited at best.
Rockport Marine Park lies at the foot of Rockport Harbor. The park has
one black-top boat ramp, picnic tables, benches, out-houses and several
floats. Parking for this facility is adequate with a few places set aside
for boat trailers. A fee is charged to use the ramp. Fishing off the Harbor
Master's dock is permitted, but fishing off several other docks in the
park is not allowed.
In the town of Lincolnville, next to the Maine State Ferry Landing and
along Route 1, is the Lincolnville Beach Boat Ramp. This is a town maintained
boat ramp. A launching fee is charged for use of the blacktop ramp, there
is limited free parking in the town lot and an outhouse is nearby. When
the town lot is full, paying to park in the state owned lot is an option.
The Northport Public Landing (no boat ramp here) is a popular shore fishing
location, especially when mackerel are running. To get here, take the
Shore Road off Route 1 at Northport and follow signs to the landing. Parking
here is adequate.
Another good shore fishing site is off the Bayside Town Dock in the village
of Bayside. Follow the Shore Road north to Bayside Road to arrive at this
location. Parking here is limited at best.
The Belfast Town Landing is located in Belfast's waterfront district.
An excellent extra-wide blacktop boat ramp, a large pier with floats,
picnic tables, restroorns and large parking lot make this site user-friendly.
A launching fee is charged to use the ramp and, due to boat traffic, shore
fishing is not permitted off the dock. If you need assistance or information
about the harbor, check in at the Harbor Master's office next to the ramp.
The Searsport Town Landing offers both shore fishing and a boat ramp.
The town pier, float, a blacktop ramp, large parking lot, picnic tables
and an outhouse can be found here. To locate the landing, look for a shore
access sign on the right as you enter Searsport on Route 1 from the south.
The Searsport Causeway connects Sears Island
with the mainland. At this site parking is along a side road and shore
fishing for stripers is possible off both sides of the causeway. To get
to site, take a right onto Kidder Road when traveling north on Route 1
Providing access to Stockton Springs Harbor is the Cape Docks Boat Ramp.
To get to this site, follow Route 1 north into the town of Stockton Springs;
proceed to the center of town and turn right onto Cape Road; follow Cape
Road until making a right onto West Cape Road; then turn onto Dock Road
and continue to the site. This town maintained facility has a single cement
boat ramp that is in good condition. Parking is adequate. This site is
mostly used by commercial fishermen and pleasure boat owners whose vessels
are moored in the harbor.
The Penobscot River has a history as one
of Maine's most noted Atlantic salmon rivers and still supports several
Atlantic salmon fishing clubs near its head-of-tide. Please note that
fishing for Atlantic salmon in Maine requires an Atlantic salmon fishing
stamp. In addition, this is a hook and release fishery and only fly fishing
gear can legally be used. This paragraph has been superceded by Atlantic
Salmon Commission Regulation which currently prohibits fishing for or
taking Atlantic Salmon by any means from all Maine waters.
The Penobscot River is also experiencing
growth in its striped bass fishery. Several boat ramps on the lower reaches
of the river provide good access to anglers with this species in mind.
HAMPDEN / FRANKFORT
Two boat ramps provide access from the west side of the Penobscot River.
The northern-most is Turtle Head Marina Boat Ramp off Route 1A in the
town of Hampden. This ramp is in good condition and is serviced by a float.
Parking is not a problem and restrooms are available. The second boat
ramp is at Grist Mill Park, down river along Route 1A in the town of Frankfort.
Available here are a paved boat ramp (not usable at low tide) and a large
EDDINGTON / BREWER / ORRINGTON
Anglers targeting Atlantic salmon may try their luck shore fishing at
the Penobscot River's head-of-tide In Eddington. This paragraph has been
superceded by Atlantic Salmon Commission Regulation which currently prohibits
fishing for or taking Atlantic Salmon by any means from all Maine waters.
From Brewer, follow Routes 9 and 178 east; turn left with Route 178 where
Route 9 separates; immediately take Monument Drive; follow to the dirt
and cobble access road on the left, just before Monument Drive reconnects
with Route 178; walk or carefully drive to the shore.
Located farther down river along the east
bank are two more boat ramps. just off Routes 9 and 178 in Brewer is the
North Main Street Boat Ramp with a large cement ramp (not usable at low
tide) and large parking lot.
Still farther down river is the South Orrington
Boat Ramp (unusable at low tide) which has adequate parking. In the village
of South Orrington, turn onto Blake Road from Route 15, cross Settlers
Way Road and continue to the site.
Verona Park boat ramp is at the lower reaches
of the Penobscot River on Verona Island. This ramp is in good condition,
there is plenty of parking and this site has the added benefit of being
a fine shore fishing spot for stripers. To get to the park, take a left
off Route I north prior to going over the bridge connecting Verona Island
The South Penobscot Boat Ramp provides access to the Bagaduce River. To
get to this site, follow Route I north out of Bucksport and connect with
Route 175 south; just before entering the village of South Penobscot,
look for the boat launch on the right. This town maintained cement ramp
is in poor condition, is not usable around low tide and has limited parking.
Next to the Fire Station in the center of downtown Blue Hill lies the
near Blue Hill Town Landing. This boat ramp provides access to Blue Hill
Harbor and Blue Hill Bay. To get to the site, take Route 15 south off
Route 1, just north of Bucksport. This site has a single cement boat ramp
(unusable at low tide) serviced by a float. Parking for the site is adequate.