Overview of Biddeford Pool

Biddeford Pool

USA East


During proper weather conditions, this is a pleasant area to dive and explore. All the sea life you would expect should be here. Beginners will enjoy the easy entry and relative shallows, while the advanced divers of your group will desire to explore beyond outer rocks.

Directions: From Kennybunk Port, you can take Rt. 9 North for about 9.3 miles. Turn right onto Bridge Road, and then in another mile, left on Mile Stretch Rd, bear right on Orcutt Blvd, and go to the end. You can also take Rt. 208 East (Pool Road) out of Biddford for about 5.5 miles, bearing left onto Bridge Road, then left onto Mile Stretch Rd., bear right on Orcutt Blvd, and go to the end.


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07/27/2020 Nate Edwards (Avg: 3.81 Review) - Great dive with easy access. Visibility was 10-15 ft with little surge or current- very good for Maine. Dove out of middle of the three pools due to lots of swimmers in the northernmost pool. Lobsters, stripers, smelt, and crabs everywhere and saw one flounder. Swim through the channel from the middle pool to northernmost pool and look for aquatic life along the rock walls and mixture of sandy and grassed bottom.

07/21/2018 Jennsnina (Avg: 3.51 Review) - Super easy access (short carry from the car to the shore, and several easy sand or gravel entries). Very protected from the surge at every tide level. Starts out very shallow (3m sand, lots of flounders), then quickly drops to 6m. Great for the beginners in our group. We will come back and explore further!

09/11/2012 Eric Sheltra (Avg: 4.27 Review) - Diving from the old coast guard station has been a favorite for the last 40 years. Swimming straight out to the rocky shoal about 200 yards out allows one to dump gear on the shoal and in the summer swim with the local seal population. On the land side of the shoal the max water depth may be 15 feet average and on the ocean side it drops quickly to 40 feet and levels to a sandy bottom. There is much to see around the shoal as there is plentiful animal and plant life. Enjoy the dive in a sheltered and protected cove area. I have dived here since 1969 and was a former resident of Biddeford ,as a student at Biddeford High School from 1969-73. This a fun dive and well suited for someone just starting out as well as an experienced diver looking for a quiet and peaceful dive.

06/27/2009 Michael Kelliher (Avg: 3.80 Review) - I loved it. I found this in Jerry Shine's 'A shore diving guide to New England' and it was marked as one of his favorites ... spent the first half of the dive moving across the opening of the far left cove (nothing but sand) found everything interesting on the way back in along the rocks, lots of life, biggest lobster I've ever seen. The second half of the dive more than made up for the mistake at the beginning. I'm looking forward to diving it again this summer.

08/11/2006 Cathy (Avg: 3.55 Review) - I was looking for new sites to dive and this was great! A bright, sunny day helped the visibility. We went out and to the left and followed the rocks...tons of crabs, school of cunners and a beautiful blue colored fish I'm still trying to identify. Very easy entry/exit; just know what the tide is doing and place your gear bags far enough up the "beach" if tide is coming in.

07/30/2006 Anonymous (Avg: 3.90 Review) - Nice easy entry, average visibility of NE, 10 - 15 ft. Saw lots of crabs mating, a few lobsters and flounder. Like most NE dives, it's most interesting exploring where the rocky sides meet the sandy bottom. It's a beautiful location.


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Entrance at Biddeford Pool 

Here's the end of the road as noted in the directions. Make a left here to get to the parking on the next street over.


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Parking at Biddeford Pool 

There is a small amount of parking here next to a trail entrance. Be courteous and quiet, since this a residential neighborhood.


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Overview at Biddeford Pool 

There are several pools here to explore, but the nicest is this left-most one.


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entry at Biddeford Pool 

The entry can be rocky, so watch your step, and swim carefully out through the openings. Keep an eye on your land marks for an easy return, note any current outside the rocks, carry a flag with you, and watch out for the lobster fishermen above.


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entry at Biddeford Pool 

The next pool down with a nice sheltered entry.


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Entry at Biddeford Pool 

And still another pool, which is being properly investigated by Toby, our ShoreDiving mascot.

Last Verification: November, 2003  


Diver Averages for  Biddeford Pool  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  4.67
Bottom Conditions:  4.33
Reef Conditions:  3.50
Animal Life:  4.00
Plant Life:  3.50
Facilities:  2.33
Solitude 3.67
Roads:  3.67
*Site Average:  3.81

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  4.00
Beginner Scuba:  4.83
Intermediate Scuba:  3.83
Advanced Scuba:  3.33
Night diving Scuba:  3.33

Number of reviews for this site: 6


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