Overview of Fort McClary

Fort McClary

USA East


Fort McClary is an easily accessible dive site with a moderate hike from the parking area. You should be able to park on the grounds between Memorial Day and September 30. Call (207) 384-5160 to be sure. A small fee will be charged. While you are there, take a look at the construction that took place over the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, Spanish-American War, and World War I. Truly impressive!

Directions: At the Southeastern most point of Maine, you'll find Kittery. From Route 1, head East on 103 for 2.5 miles. Carefully follow the signs for 103, as Walker St. becomes Wentworth St. which becomes Whipple Rd. which becomes Pepperrell Rd. (you get the idea!) Fort McClary will be on your right after winding around these roads.


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07/16/2018 Jennsnina (Avg: 3.35 Review) - Easy parking, $4 per person park entrance fee, public bathrooms, maintained grounds. When the tide is coming in, there is a moderate current from the right to the left. We found that the viz improved a lot at high slack tide (from 5m to 10m). On a Sunday in July no other drivers, few visitors. We spent the whole day, four dives between low, high, and again low tide. Lush vegetation, many lobsters and crabs. Very few fishes. Only one close motorboat the whole day. Easy underwater navigation.

07/24/2003 Cecil (Avg: 3.64 Review) - Nice dive but shallow. Get there through Kittery, Me and past Kittery Point on Rt102. Right at fork and right at bridge, turn right over bridge and follow road to Fort McClary. Park opens at 10:00AM and closes at dusk. There is an entry fee for each person. The dive is nice and the bottom is lush with life. Rocks to the left, eel grass to the right. If you swim out far enough you will hit sand. Don't expect to go any deeper than 20' (depending on the tide) unless you dig a hole in the sand and put your gauge in it. Advantage is that it's a very sheltered spot and rarely washed out.


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Entrance at Fort McClary 

After traveling your 2.5 miles down 103, you'll see the small parking area on the right. If the gates are locked, you can park here.




Overview at Fort McClary 

This is looking down from the fort property at the entry.


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entry at Fort McClary 

The entry is relatively easy, but the rocks can be slippery. A dive flag is required, as pleasure boats frequent this area.


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entry at Fort McClary 

Start out here, and hug the coast to the right. You shouldn't need to go down more than 40 feet to find sea life and perhaps some artifacts from days gone by.




Scenery at Fort McClary 

This is a view of the grounds from the dive site.

Last Verification: November, 2003  


Diver Averages for  Fort McClary  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  2.50
Bottom Conditions:  3.50
Reef Conditions:  3.50
Animal Life:  3.50
Plant Life:  4.00
Facilities:  4.50
Solitude 3.50
Roads:  3.00
*Site Average:  3.49

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  3.50
Beginner Scuba:  4.50
Intermediate Scuba:  3.50
Advanced Scuba:  2.50
Night diving Scuba:  1.50

Number of reviews for this site: 2


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