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Both are long drives south from Bath, Maine on either side of the Kennebec River. Popham and Read State Parks
WalkGood walk (15-30 mn)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
DirectionRight and left
BottomSandy with rock
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest, South
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at 2.5m-3m / 8ft-10ft and holds up to
Best tide position
Best tide movement
Both beaches are parks so they charge money to get in. You cannot check out the surf till you already paid and walked over the sand dune to the beach.
Popham has several different sandbars and ledges over a large area. There are probably 5 solid breaks in the Popham Beach area.
Small Point is also right next to Popham. Small Point is a long right point break.
I have heard great things about these beaches but have yet to see it, and I have given them many chances. They have consistant small soft waves adequate for the kiddies but require a large swell to get a good surf break. I've caught a couple decent waves but I usually en up make sand castles on the beach instead. Both beaches have great potential, but they are a little out of the way.
These beaches (Popham in particular) are some of the most beautiful beaches in Maine. Take a day trip with the family or some friends when the swell is high, if you get lucky catch some waves otherwise hangout and enjoy a beautiful Maine Beach.
By LeDude , 03-08-2009
Always changing - Beach dramatically changes storm after storm so breaks never stay consistent. Breaks can also be very shallow as previous comment noted, so take caution.
It can get fun when a storm passes through and groundswell shows up. Otherwise Popham is extremely fickle.
By Anonymous , 22-08-2006
beware - on the right day it can be very nice. but it can also be dangerous. it sent me to the hospital for 12 stitches last winter (got pitched off the lip from a floater, hit my chin on the bottom). so be careful, the wave has some power and it isn't to deep, at least when we were there. overall its a nice break if you catch it right
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