Merrymeeting Bay Names & Numbers
January 17, 2017
Charts: NOAA 13293, 13298
Primary access to Merrymeeting Bay is via the Kennebec River, the mouth of which is located about 25 miles east of Portland and 40 miles southwest of Rockland. The approach is well marked by buoys and lighthouses for the 8 miles up to Bath, where Navy destroyers are built. For the next 3 miles, simply follow the red and green buoys. For more details, see “A Cruising Guide to the Maine Coast” by Taft, Taft & Rindlaub.
- Jim’s Marina (207-666-3049): A small marina for boats up to 35 feet, opposite the town landing off Bay Rd. Offers some transient space, as well as water, toilets and electric. Jim’s also rents smelt shacks on the bay through the winter.
- Boaters can also tie up overnight for free at the public docks in either Richmond or Bowdoinham on a first-come, first-served basis. Call harbormasters John McMullen (207-607-0687) in Bowdoinham or Chris Smith (207-650-8917) in Richmond. Richmond has room for 2 boats on the dock, and also maintains a guest mooring close to the landing. Most other moorings are private, but either harbormaster should be able to direct you to one that will be vacant overnight.
- Pump-Out: The Town of Richmond operates a pump-out station at the town landing (207-737-4305). There’s also a pump-out 8 miles southeast of the bay via the Sasanoa River at Robinhood Marine Center (207-371-2525) in Georgetown.
- Service: For service, contact Chris’s Boat Shop (207-650-8917) in Richmond. Owner Chris Smith, who also happens to be the harbormaster, can arrange fuel delivery to the landing.
- Anchoring in Merrymeeting Bay is tricky, as most of the water is shallow. Richmond Harbormaster Chris Smith says that the area off Brick Island, in 8 feet of water, is probably the best option.
- Town of Bowdoinham
- John McMullen
- Town of Richmond
- Chris Smith
- Both Bowdoinham and Richmond have paved, public launch ramps that can be used at no charge.
- There is also a ramp at Cathance Landing, across the river from Bowdoinham.
- New Meadows Marina : Located in nearby Brunswick, New Meadows rents 17- and 20-foot boats by the half-day, day or week. Prices start at $150/half-day and $250/full-day for a 17-foot Whaler.
- Gary’s Quick Stop, Richmond (207-737-8661): Basic groceries.
- Pierce’s Country Store, Richmond (207-737-4366): Basic groceries.
- Bowdoinham Country Store (207-666-5571): Basic groceries.
- Town Landing Place (207-666-3872)
- The Old Goat (207-737-4628): Brew pub with standard pub fare.
- Railway Café (207-737 2277): Diner-style eatery open until 9:00 p.m.
- Baker’s Restaurant (207-737-4547): Breakfast and lunch.
- In Bowdoinham, enjoy free evening concerts in a gazebo near the town landing. For a schedule, call (207-666-3504).
- In Richmond, visit the Steve Powell Wildlife Management Area (207-547-5322) on Swan Island. It offers farmlands, wildlife-rich forests, superb birding and overnight camping in Adirondack-style shelters. The island dock is opposite the Richmond town dock. Visits are by reservation only and must be arranged at least 7 days in advance.
- If you’d like a personal tour of the Merrymeeting Bay area, contact Capt. Ed Rice with Scenic Coastal Tours (207-504-BOAT) in Bath. Rice runs pontoon-boat trips through the bay to Swans Island, as well as to Bowdoinham and the Androscoggin.
- Capt. Daniel Stone Inn & Spa (Brunswick) (877-373-CDSI)