Attractions Category: Maine's MidCoast & Islands
Barrett’s Cove Megunticook Lake – a quiet, small, and picturesque fresh water beach overlooking Camden Hills
If you want to enjoy the lake and a spectacular view minus the usual crowds in summer, then Barrett’s Cove on Megunticook Lake in Camden, Maine is the perfect place for you. With Camden’s notoriously heavy tourist traffic, it is surprising that Barrett’s Cove Park is never that crowded. The lake temperature is normally very warm by July, making this lakeside retreat one of the top local area attractions for families who wish to enjoy a scenic outing and fresh water swimming.
This lakeside beach gives you breathtaking views of the sheer cliffs that rise from the waters and make up the Western side of Mount Battie in Camden Hills State Park. This modest beach is town-owned, open to the public and with accessible parking spaces. The swimming areas are designated, with a children’s area shallow enough for your kids to go safely in the water. There is also deeper water for older children and adults with a diving float anchored several hundred feet from shore. The area also has a grassy picnic and play area that are child-friendly.
Beached kayak on Barrett’s Cove Megunticook LakeBarrett’s Cove is the ultimate getaway for a nature-loving family. Aside from the sandy beach, there is a grassy area with picnic tables and outdoor grills set up, perfect for lunches and afternoon snacks. There is also an area with playground equipment, which children can enjoy. The cove even has a public boat access and lauch ramp. If your family is feeling adventurous Barrett’s Cove in Camden, Maine also offers rock climbing facilities in this ideal cliff location.
Public restrooms, showers, and a phone service are also available. It is generally advised, however, for those intending to swim to arrive in their bathing costumes already instead of changing into them at the beach. You can also see the Camden Hills and rock cliffs surrounding Megunticook Lake, especially Maiden’s Cliff that is easily recognizable by the enormous white cross standing on it.
Barrett’s Cove is a welcome and affordable respite for families visiting the area. Barrett’s Cove Beach is located on Beaucaire Lane, off Route 52, on Megunticook Lake in Camden, Maine.