Much like Popham Beach just one peninsula away, Reid State Park is characterized by broad sandy beach, dunes, and coastal woodland. The tidal marsh of the Little River flanks the western border of the park. The mouth of Sheepscot Bay lies to the East. Here too, thousands of visitors come each summer to enjoy the sand, sun, and surf. Local businessman, Walter E. Reid, donated the property to the State of Maine in 1946, making it the first state-owned saltwater beach in Maine.

Ornithological Summary

As many birders will attest, this is a great spot to see Piping Plovers and Least Terns. The saltmarsh along the Little River and behind Mile Beach provide feeding habitat for Common and Least Terns, and numerous species of herons and egrets. Both Saltmarsh and Nelson?s Sharp-tailed Sparrows nest here. Ledges offshore are favorite roosts for Great Cormorants in winter.

Conservation Issues

Similar to Popham, the site is in conservation ownership. The number of visitors to this area presents significant challenges to balancing conservation and public use. Despite its conservation status, beach-nesting birds are confronted with challenges from predation (fox and raccoon) and from dogs walking off-leash. As with other coastal sites, threats from oil spills and other hazardous cargo being spilled overboard is ever present.

Ownership

Reid State Park is owned and managed by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. The park is located at the end of the Sequinland Road in Georgetown about 15 miles south of Woolwich via Route 127.

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