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Camden Parks and Beaches

FRIDAY, AUG. 5, 2022 - Water Quality Advisory at Shirttail Point has been CANCELED!

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


The water at Laite Memorial Beach, located on Bay View Street between Cedar and Chestnut Hill, is tested weekly through 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 the sign at the beach, and online on Wednesdays, or as needed.

The water at Megunticook Lake (Barrett's Cove Beach) and Shirttail Point are tested weekly by the Megunticook Watershed Association. Visit their website here to see the most current water test results, which are usually posted on 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 Beaches (page 7) - adopted June 2007

Camden Outdoors Recreation Map

Laite Memorial Beach
Off Bay View Street, between Cedar and Chestnut Hill streets - Overlooks outer Camden Harbor & Curtis Island.

Hosmer Pond
At Ragged Mountain Recreation Area (Snow Bowl) at 20 Barnestown Road - Boat launch, assisted kayak and canoe launch, swimming and fishing dock.

Shirttail Point
Off Washington Street (Route 105) with views of Mt Battie.

Barrett's Cove Beach
On Megunticook Lake over Beaucaire Avenue near Rte 52 intersection.

Harbor Park
Head of Camden Harbor in the Library Amphitheater.

Route 52 Boat Launch Ramp

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