Bath Names & Numbers
January 11, 2017
Chart: NOAA 13293
Bath is 35 miles northeast of Portland and 12 miles up the Kennebec River from Fort Popham. The river is deep, well-marked and mostly wide. The major note of caution is the current, which can run 5 to 7 knots. If approaching from the south, you will see the buildings and bridges of Bath to the northwest after rounding Doubling Point, some 2 miles below the city. Note that a 400′ security zone surrounds Bath Iron Works (BIW), so keep your distance.
Just above the BIW facility is the Carlton Bridge, which has a vertical clearance of 135′ when raised, 10′ when lowered. During the summer, the bridge stays raised except when a train is scheduled to pass. The tender can be contacted on VHF 13 or 16, or (207-443-2387). North of the Carlton Bridge is the Sagadahoc Bridge, a fixed bridge with 75′ of vertical clearance. Just upstream from the bridge is BFC Marine, followed by the town’s waterfront park and dock, and the Kennebec Tavern & Marina, all on the west bank.
Note: The nearest diesel fuel is at Robinhood Marine Center on Riggs Cove, 7 miles from Bath. You can reach Robinhood via the Sasanoa River, but it’s best to have local knowledge of this tricky waterway.
- The City of Bath has a 200’ public dock with short-term dockage for visitors who want to go ashore for a few hours. Contact the harbormaster to see about possible overnight stays (207-443-5563).
- Kennebec Tavern & Marina (207-442-9636, VHF 9, 22 & 78): Limited transient slips and moorings near downtown. Gas dock, floating docks and onsite restaurant.
- Maine Maritime Museum (207-443-1316): Limited mooring and dockage. $20 per mooring/night. Call ahead. Cabs and trolley service to downtown available.
- BFC Marine (207-443-3022): Boating supplies, gas, outboard service.
- Bath has two launch ramps, one north of the city and one south. Both have long tie-up floats, toilets and are free to use. The former is off Bowery Street, next to the sewage-treatment plant. The latter is just south of the Maine Maritime Museum, between Hunt and Robinson Streets.
- Anchoring in the river is not advisable due to its strong, shifting currents and 6-foot tides.
- Bath Harbormaster Website
- Sea Spray Kayaking (207-443-3646): Kayak rental in Bath.
- New Meadows Marina (207-443-4254): Boat rental near Bath.
- Bath Trolley Company (207-443-9741): Runs daily in summer and stops at the Maine Maritime Museum, the Cabin Restaurant, the Holiday Inn and the Patten Free Library.
- Bath Taxi (800-446-4052; 207-443-4009)
- From May through October, Saturdays, the Bath Farmers Market sells fresh produce and arts and crafts at the waterfront park.
- Brackett’s Market (207-443-2012): Large grocery store with a deli and bakery near the waterfront
- Kennebec Tavern (dock-and-dine on the river) (207-442-9636): Large deck and restaurant on the river. Also offers slips and transient moorings.
- Beale Street BBQ (207-442-9514): Excellent local BBQ.
- Bryne’s Irish Pub (207-443-6776): Cozy Irish pub and restaurant in downtown.
- JR Maxwell & Co. (207-443-2014): Seafood and more on Front Street.
- Mae’s Restaurant & Bakery (207-442-8577)
- Starlight Cafe (207-443-3005)
- Cabin Restaurant (207-443-6224)
- Maine Maritime Museum (207-443-1316): Celebrate Maine’s maritime heritage and culture. Learn about the role of Maine in regional and global maritime activities. The Museum features a collection of classic boats and artifacts relating to Maine’s maritime past, and is a good source of historic materials and information. It also offers educational programs, exhibitions, and a unique historic shipyard, all connecting the past to contemporary and future issues.
- Chocolate Church Arts Center (207-442-8455): Named for its brown exterior, this striking Gothic Revival church was built in 1847.
- Heritage Days: A 4-day festival that occurs each year over the first weekend in July. The events are held throughout city’s downtown area and include the following fun and exciting activities for the entire family.
- River Run Tours (207-504-BOAT): Capt. Ed Rice runs intimate, customized scenic tours and nature trips along the Kennebec and surrounding waters. Based at the Kennebec Tavern & Marina.
- Kennebec River Boat Tours (207-443-1316): Lighthouse, scenic and nature tours from the Maine Maritime Museum.
- Kennebec Tidewater Charters (207-737-4695): Fishing charters on the Kennebec.
Bath Chamber of Commerce (207-443-9751)