Dog Friendly Beaches in Maine

Dog friendly beaches are heaven on earth for Fido. And since sandy paws equal happy dogs, we’ve sniffed out the best beaches in Maine where dogs can run, swim, and frolic in the sand. Use the links/map below to find a dog-friendly beach in Maine.

Pet Friendly Fort Foster Park
Fort Foster Park Located on Gerrish Island in Kittery Point, Fort Foster Park offers three small but sandy beaches, an extensive trail system, restroom facilities in season, picnic areas, and old military fortifications to explore. The park features an excellent view of the entrance to Portsmouth Harbor, including Whaleback Light, Portsmouth Harbor Light and Fort Constitution. The park is open from 10am to 8pm seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Purchase season and day passes directly from their website. See Details
Pet Friendly Willard Beach
Willard Beach Willard Beach is a public beach less than 5 minutes from Portland. In the summer months, dogs can run off leash (under voice control) in the off-season, October 1 through April 30, from 6:00 am to 9:00 am. Between May 1 and September 30, dogs are not allowed on the beach except between the hours of 7:00 am and 9:00 am and 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Willard Beach is a great sandy beach with cold, but inviting water for swimmers. Dogs love to play and romp on this scenic beach! Dog owners are required to have a leash in hand at all times. Off-leash dogs must be kept within 100 feet and under voice control.
Pet waste must be bagged and properly disposed of in a trash receptacle or carried out of the park.
Entry into sand dune vegetation by dogs and/or people is unlawful and strictly prohibited.
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Wells Beach Wells Beach is pet-friendly. From April 1 until June 15 dogs must be leashed and under control of a responsible person at all times. From June 15 until September 16 dogs are only permitted on the beach from 6pm until 8am and they must be leashed and under control of a responsible person. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess that is left behind to preserve the cleanliness of the beach for others. See Details
Seapoint Beach Locals love to bring their dogs to play at this rocky, pet-friendly beach. Kittery resident parking only. Dogs are not welcome between the hours of 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM from June 15th through September 10th. See Details
Drake's Island Drake's Island is pet-friendly. From April 1 until June 15 dogs must be leashed and under control of a responsible person at all times. From June 15 until September 16 dogs are only permitted on the beach from 6pm until 8am and they must be leashed and under control of a responsible person. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess that is left behind to preserve the cleanliness of the beach for others. See Details
Kennebunk Beach Bring your pet with you on-leash as you enjoy this beautiful Maine beach. Pets not permitted in summers from 9am to 5pm. See Details
Short Sands Beach This lovely York beach is a great place to spend the day. Pets are welcome before 8:00 am and after 6:00 pm, May 20th through September 20th. In the off-season, dogs are welcome any time. Pets must be leashed between 6:00 am and sunrise between May 20th and September 20th. See Details
Long Sands Beach This lovely York beach is a great place to spend the day. Leashed pets are welcome after 6 p.m and before sunrise, May 20th through September 20th. Dogs can play off-leash between sunrise and 8 a.m. in the off-season. See Details
East End Beach at Eastern Promenade Park Off-Leash Area Bring your pet for a bit of off-leash play in the designated areas of East End Beach and the Northwest Shore at this Portland city park. Off-leash hours are in the summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day) before 9am and after 5pm, and in the winter (Labor Day to Memorial Day) anytime during park hours (5am-10pm). See Details
Goose Rocks Beach This 3-mile beach is long and shallow with calm waters that make it great for smaller kids. There's tide pooling neaby, and your pet is welcome to join you on-leash except from 9am-6pm in summer. See Details
Bay View Beach Bay View Beach in Saco, Maine is a dog-friendly beach. Dogs can stay and play here all day with their owners. Dogs must be leashed and under control of their owners from April 1 to Sept. 30 on beaches in Saco where piping plovers or least terns are present or have traditionally nested. Previously, dogs only had to be on leash on the beach from 9am to 5pm. The rest of the year, dogs are allowed all day off-leash and under voice control. See Details
Mother's Beach Bring your dog to join the seaside fun at this Kennebunk beach. Leashed dogs are welcome before 9am or after 6pm in summer, or anytime on-leash in the off-season. A permit to park at the beach is required from mid-June to mid-September. Daily, weekly and seasonal passes are available at Kennebunk Town Hall and at electronic kiosks at the beaches. See Details
Schoodic Lake Go down lakeview road in Milo, Maine until you get to Mill street on the left. You will see the boat launch on your left, if you drive just a little further, park on the right and you and your dog can enjoys some swimming. See Details
Gooch's Beach Gooch's Beach is pet-friendly. From June 15 to Labor Day, dogs are welcome before 9 am and after 5pm off-leash. The rest of the time dogs should wear a leash on the beach due to crowds. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess that is left behind, too. See Details
Monson Pond Take your pet for a dip on a hot summer day at this public boat landing in a quiet, low-traffic area. See Details
Camp Ellis Beach Camp Ellis Beach is pet-friendly. Located at the mouth of the Saco River, Camp Ellis Beach is short distance away from Ferry Beach State Park. The beach is smaller due to years of erosion but, is close to parking, making it perfect for either a quick stop. Leashed dogs are welcome on the beach. See Details
Higgins Beach Dogs are allowed on and off-leash at Higgins Beach at different times depending on the season.

Peak Season Dog Rules:
No dogs are allowed from May 15 to Labor Day: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., leashed or voice command dogs allowed from sunrise to 9 a.m.; after 5 p.m. to sunset dogs ok only on a leash. Look for posted red signs indicating restricted areas.

From April 1 to Labor Day, dogs are not allowed in a restricted beach area between Champion Street and the Spurwink River.

Off-Season Dog Rules:
From after Labor Day to May 14: dogs on-leash are allowed between 1-3 p.m. Dogs are allowed all other hours on voice control.
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Little Tunk Pond Little Tunk Pond is pet-friendly. Bring your pooch to this 55 acre outdoor space that includes woodlands, abandoned fields, and a sand beach on the pond. There's public access to the beach, where swimming is allowed, off a short trail from the car park. Leashed dogs are welcome, as long as they are cleaned up after to preserve the cleanliness of the lake. See Details
Nubble Lighthouse Bring Fido to Nubble Lighthouse for a walk to see beautiful views from rocky shores, between Long Sands and Short Sands beaches. Nubble Light Gift Shop is open daily from 9am – 7pm from the first of May - October. See Details
Laite Memorial Beach From May 1 to September 30 dogs are allowed on the beach from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. They can be off leash as long as the owner can control the dog with voice commands and has a leash in hand. See Details