"Once you see open water as something to be entered, rather than driven around, flown over or stopped at the brink of, then even familiar landscapes become rife with adventure. [When] you break the surface of the water itself ... you move from one realm into another: a realm of freedom, adventure, magic and occasionally of danger." -- Robert Macfarlane (The Outdoor Swimming Society)

SwimMaine is a blog for people who would like to experience the beauty and nature of Maine's lakes and coastline through swimming. It is for those who enjoy swimming in Maine's fresh air and open sky. Whether you are an experienced swimmer or a novice, the intent of this blog is to provide you information so that you can safely choose a swimming experience that will enrich your life, as you become an explorer of an underwater world seldom seen by others.

Information is easily available on such outdoor activities as hiking and biking trails in Maine. However, finding information about swimming "trails," or nice places to swim, is more difficult. This blog has been developed to document information about these places - and your help is needed to provide such information. Do you have a favorite swimming place that you would like to let others know about? Please e-mail SwimMaine to send in your report on outdoor swimming trails. We'll post it here and placemark it on our SwimMaine map.

Any input you would like to give regarding what you would like to see on this blog is welcome!

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Monday, July 18, 2011

10. Barrett Park

Name of Water Body: Barrett Park
Town(s): Boothbay Harbor
Google map
Type of Water Body: Ocean
Unique Feature(s): It tends to be a little warmer there than in the more open areas and it is especially fun at high tide, for there are many places to practice your cannonball!
Fee: no
Facilities: yes
Parking: yes
Camping: ?
Swimming Trail (with approximate distances):
Directions: Located on Lobster Cove Rd. From Rt 1. Head south on Rt. 27 for 11 miles. (The next series of turns are all within 4/10ths of a mile from one street to another). Turn left onto Eastern Ave., then a sharp right onto School Street. Turn left onto Union, and left on Kenny Field Drive. Take first right on to Park St., then a right on Lobster Cove Rd.
Other Info: Good place to picnic
Date Updated: 7/11
Submitted By: Jill Reynolds

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