Birch Point State Park

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Birch Point State Park
Maine State Park
Country  United States
State  Maine
County Knox
Town Owls Head
Elevation 23 ft (7 m) [1]
Coordinates 44°02′19″N 69°05′44″W / 44.03861°N 69.09556°W / 44.03861; -69.09556Coordinates: 44°02′19″N 69°05′44″W / 44.03861°N 69.09556°W / 44.03861; -69.09556 [1]
Area 62 acres (25 ha) [2]
Established 1999
Management Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Location in Maine
Website: Birch Point State Park

Birch Point State Park is a public recreation area occupying 62 acres (25 ha) on Penobscot Bay in the town of Owls Head, Knox County, Maine.[3] The state park features a sandy, crescent-shaped "pocket beach"[4] with scenic views of the Muscle Ridge Islands dotting Muscle Ridge Channel.[5] The park is managed by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

History

Known locally as Lucia Beach, the property was acquired by the state in 1999, in part with funds from the Land for Maine's Future program.[6]

Activities and amenities

The park offers tide pools, gentle surf, swimming in bracing waters, fishing, and picnicking.[6] Short trails lead to the rocks and enclaves of the headlands that frame each end of the beach.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b "Birch Point". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "State Parks, State Historic Sites and Public Reserved Lands" (PDF). Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. September 2016. Retrieved July 24, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Birch Point State Park". Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ Henry N. Berry IV (June 2009). "Birch Point Beach State Park". Maine Geologic Facts and Localities. Maine Geological Survey. Retrieved July 24, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Comprehensive Plan" (PDF). Town of Owls Head. January 8, 2014. p. 124. Retrieved July 24, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Owls Head: Birch Point State Park". Maine Beaches. Pocket Guide. Down East Enterprise. 2012. ISBN 978-1-60893-044-9. Retrieved July 24, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Birch Point State Park". Maine Trail Finder. Center for Community GIS. Retrieved July 24, 2017. 

External links

  • Birch Point State Park Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
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