About Ogunquit River

The Ogunquit Rivermouth is the best-known break in Maine. The wave breaks off Lobster Point and produces long, workable rights and fast, inside lefts. The quality of the wave varies with swell direction and the shifting sand bottom -- it works well up to a few feet overhead, after which large waves tend to get mushy as they start cresting on the outer shoal. At that point, many of the locals head up to Kennebunkport. Slightly to the north of the rivermouth, the main beach provides plenty of peaks. It breaks through most any tide, except absolute high.

Source: Ogunquit River Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to advanced.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Variable according to swell.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Thick inside the rocks, empty at the main beach.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Can be fun with the right combination of swell, wind and tide.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Pretty mellow in the summer but much worse in the winter when cold water and air necessitate full winter gear.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Pretty good, except after a big rain.

Additional Information


Freezing water temps in Winter.


Easy. There's a large lot at the main beach, from which you look right out at the break, but it costs $25/day in summer. (Offseason is free.) You can find slightly cheaper parking at the lot on River Road or along Cottage Street in town -- just follow the big "P" signs -- but you'll have to walk a bit more to get to the waves.

Bring Your

Shortboard, longboard, fish



Best Season

September through March

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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