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Camden Parks and Beaches

Camden's parks, beaches and public spaces are maintained primarily by our Parks and Recreation Department and maintenance staff. Their offices are located at the Snow Bowl/Ragged Mountain Recreation Area, 20 Barnestown Road. During the winter months, Parks and Recreation manages and operates the Snow Bowl, the state's only ski area with summit views of Penobscot Bay and its islands.

The department's goal is to enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors through recreational opportunities, community events and stewardship of the town's public lands. The office is staffed year-round and can be reached by calling 207-236-3438 or email

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 May 31: Laite Beach

Water testing at Laite Beach on Thursday, May 30, showed elevated levels of enterococci (fecal bacteria), prompting this advisory and recommendation that the public avoid water contact activities at this time. Rain is the most common cause of increased contamination, caused by runoff from surrounding roads and grounds populated with people and animals. Restesting will be done on Tuesday, June 4, and this notice will be removed once the waters test below the threshold. Maine's Beach Action Value (BAV or safety threshold) for enterococci in marine waters is 104 MPN/100mL.
FMI: Maine Healthy Beaches Program

The water at Laite Memorial Beach, located on Bay View Street between Cedar and Chestnut Hill streets, is tested weekly from Memorial Day to Labor Day in partnership with Maine Healthy Beaches, a Maine Department of Environmental Protection water quality program that partners with local municipalities to monitor salt water beaches. To check the status of Laite Beach, click here. Advisories are posted on a sign along the sidewalk to the beach, and online here and at the new Camden Parks and Recreation ( website on Wednesdays, or as needed.

The water at Megunticook Lake (Barrett's Cove Beach) and Shirttail Point is tested weekly by the Megunticook Watershed Association. Visit their website here to see the most current water test results, which are usually posted online Thursdays, or as needed.

When applicable, advisories are also posted via signage at the beach. Notice - Beaches are not tested for bacteria after Labor Day.

Megunticook Watershed Association monitors freshwater quality at  Barrett's Cove Beach on Megunticook Lake, at the intersection of Route 52 and Beaucaire Avenue, the Hosmer Pond boat launch and swim dock at the Camden Snow Bowl and Shirttail Point Beach off Washington Street.  When applicable, advisories are posted on their website. Advisories are also posted on this page and on the Parks and Recreation Department website at

Dog Ordinance: regarding dogs on public beaches (page 7) - adopted June 2007

Links to more information:
- Beaches
- Boat Launches
- Camden Outdoors Recreation Map
- Dog Park

- Mountain Biking
- Overlooks
- Parks and Open Spaces
- Walking and Hiking

Get in Touch

PO Box 1207
29 Elm Street
Camden ME  04843
Hours of Operation:
Mon -Fri 7:30 am to 3:30 pm