Stover’s Point Preserve
Ownership: Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
Features: scenic views, swimming, great for kids, dogs allowed, access to water
Location: 69 Windsor Lane, Harpswell
Directions: From the intersection of Rt 123 and Bath Rd at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, follow Rt 123 south for 12.2 mi. Turn left on Stover’s Cove Rd. Take your first right on Stover’s Point Rd. Veer left. Stay straight then follow the road as it curves to the right. Turn left on a gravel road. Being very careful of the undercarriage of your car, drive right out onto the beach. Once on the beach, please park on gravel surfaces only.
Description: If you are looking for a beach day with friends or family, Stover’s Point is the place to go. With the convenience of being able to drive right on the gravel beach, this is a great place to spend a day exploring and breathing in the salty ocean breeze. Bring the kids or launch your kayak. The beach and neighboring salt marsh provide crabs to catch and views across Harpswell Sound to the unique Cribstone Bridge connecting Orr’s and Bailey islands. At the far end of the beach, a tidal creek makes for great swimming.
The scenic beach at Stover’s Point’s forms a barrier that shelters a small salt marsh from the waves. Salt marshes are unique ecosystems, with hardy plants and animals that are adapted to the changing tides and water conditions. Many of the animals here stay hidden under mud and water, or come and go, but salt marshes are actually very productive. Grasses grow especially well here, forming the base of a food web that includes fish, birds and shellfish.
- Carry in, carry out.
- Motorized vehicles restricted to road and gravel areas. Speed limit 5 mph. Yield to pedestrians.
- No motorized vehicles between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
- Dogs must be on leash between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Memorial Day to Labor Day. All other times dogs must be under owner control and not bother wildlife or other users.
- Carry out all dog waste.
- Organized events or gatherings require permission from Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.
- Fireworks permitted only on July 3, 4, 5, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
- The following are prohibited:
- Open Fires.
- Trap, float or boat storage.
- Hunting, trapping or discharge of firearms.
Read Ed Robinson’s article, A Beach and So Much More, about enjoying this preserve in every season.