Ferry Beach, also known as Western Beach, is a town beach accessible from Black Point Road in Scarborough; not to be confused with nearby Ferry Beach State Park in Saco. The beach is separated from Pine Point Beach by the Scarborough River which flows through the Scarborough Marsh Wildlife Management Area and is joined by the Nonesuch River.
The beach is a nice sandy crescent that hooks around the penninsula near Prouts Neck, an jutting point of land with rocky cliffs that once was home to Winslow Homer. There are no lifeguards, but the surf is gentle and the beach is protected by sandbars. Near the ledges, on a point near the river mouth, the current can be quite strong though. The water turns and boils as it is channeled past the rocks.
In May, striped bass began to run up the coast, and the river mouths are good places to fish for schoolies on an outgoing tide. Later on in June and July, larger fish become more available. Bluefish are harder to predict, but may also come in near the beach or up the river in search of mackerel or pogies. As the tide goes out, a sandbar is exposed just off of the Southern part of the beach. Good action can be found on the Southern Beach nearer the cliffs below the Black Point Inn.
Ferry Beach has also been a nesting area for Least Terns and Piping Plovers. When these endangered birds are nesting in the area, care should be taken to keep both people and dogs away from their nests. The Maine Audubon Society and others may place special protective enclosures around nesting areas so that the animals are not disturbed. These programs have had great success in recent years thanks to public cooperation.
To get there, take Black Point Road (Rte. 207) South from Rte. 1. Look for the Ferry Road and the Public Boat Launch sign on the right near the end of Prouts Neck.
Parking per diem, or seasonally for non-residents and residents are available. Check the with the town clerk for updated rates and availability.