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Maine beaches: what's open, what's closed, and how to stay safe at the beach

Most beaches are closed in Maine right now, but some remain open. Social distancing is strongly recommended for anyone at the beach.

MAINE, USA — It's springtime in Maine. Normally, it’s a perfect time to enjoy the sunshine at Maine's many beaches, but this year’s spring looks a little different.

Some public beaches in Maine remain closed in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. Other public beaches are open, but with restrictions.

The list below is a comprehensive list of what’s currently open and closed in Maine.

Closed Public Beaches:

  • Kittery Public Beaches
  • York Public Beaches
  • Ogunquit Public Beaches
  • Kennebunk Public Beaches
  • Wells Public Beaches

These beaches do not currently have a listed date to reopen. To read more on the closures, you can follow the link below.

RELATED: Southern Maine beaches closing to public due to coronavirus

There are also 10 state parks closed in Maine.

Closed Maine State Parks

  • Reid State Park in Georgetown
  • Popham Beach State Park in Phippsburg
  • Fort Popham State Park in Phippsburg
  • Fort Baldwin State Park in Phippsburg
  • Kettle Cove State Park in Cape Elizabeth
  • Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth
  • Crescent Beach State Park in Cape Elizabeth
  • Scarborough Beach State Park in Scarborough
  • Ferry Beach State Park in Saco
  • Mackworth Island State Park in Falmouth

According to the maine.gov website, the parks are set to be closed through April 30, 2020. All campgrounds on public lands are also closed through April 30, 2020.

Acadia National Park is also closed.

RELATED: Acadia National Park closing due to coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic

There are still some beaches open in Maine.

Open Beaches in Maine:

  • Old Orchard Beach
  • Pine Point Beach in Scarborough

Parking is currently limited at Pine Point Beach. At Higgins Beach, municipal lots are closed, but the beach itself is not closed.

The sign below is in reference to the municipal lots at both Higgins Beach and Ferry Beach in Scarborough.

Credit: Mike Slifer

Yarmouth’s beaches are similar, with parking lots closed but beaches are still open. This helps to limit the beach traffic to only people within walking or biking distance, according to Yarmouth Community Officials.

Beach goers are urged to practice social distancing when they are out. 

Portland and South Portland have enacted rules to leash all dogs that are not in a dog park between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. as well.

RELATED: Portland enforcing new dog leashing rules during coronavirus pandemic

This list is subject to change and will be updated as necessary.


At NEWS CENTER Maine, we’re focusing our news coverage on the facts and not the fear around the illness. To see our full coverage, visit our coronavirus section, here: /coronavirus

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