General Area Information
SEVEN MILES OF OCEANFRONT In the Town of Wells, there are four beautiful sandy beaches. Wells Beach, Crescent Beach and Drake's Island Beach are open to the public, while Moody Beach is private.
Public Restrooms are available and lifeguards are on duty, 7 days a week from June through September.
The Town of Wells operates a beach program, which is essentially funded by parking lot fees. The program provides for the paving/maintenance of the parking lots, beach cleaning service, restroom facilities and their maintenance/upgrade.
This policy has been established to ensure continued fairness and control with beach parking lot passes.
Fees for parking at the beach lots, other than for Seasonal Passes, will be collected at the lots using the new Pay and Display Meters.
Meters are located at the following lots:
- Eastern Shore Lot – located at the end of Atlantic Avenue- 3 Meters
- Mile Road Lot – (no RV’s or Campers) – 2 Meters
- Gross Lot – at the eastern end of Drake’s Island- 2 Meters
- Jetty Lot – located at the end of Island Beach Rd on Drake’s Island( no RV’s or Campers) - 3 meters
- Gold Ribbon Lot – located on Webhannet Drive-(no RV’s or campers) - 1 Meter
The meters will accept credit cards and debit cards. Debit cards will be processed as a credit card. The meters will accept coins if user has them available. Fees are shown in Section 3.
NO PAPER CURRENCY WILL BE ACCEPTED DUE
TO THE OCEAN/SALT AIR CONDITIONS.
When a payment is made using the meter, a document will print out that must be placed on the vehicle dash so the Lot Attendants can verify that the vehicle owner has paid for parking. If the document is not seen by the Lot Attendant, a parking ticket of $35.00 will be issued by the Police Department.
PARKING FEES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE
1. No alcoholic beverages may be possessed or consumed on any public beach;
2. No littering - all refuse must be placed in containers provided;
3. No burning of wood on the beach without a permit from the Fire Department;
4. No overnight parking - lots close at 11pm;
5. No possession of fireworks;
6. No nudity;
7. No unauthorized motor vehicles on beach;
8. No criminal trespass on beach property;
9. No leaving animals unattended in a vehicle during summer season.
Dogs are restricted from the beach areas from 8:00am to 6:00pm from June 16 to September 15. After 6:00pm to 8:00am, dogs are allowed on the beach and must be on a leash and under the charge of a responsible person. Disposal bags and containers for dog waste are located at many of the beach entrances. Exceptions: Does not apply to seeing eye dogs or other dogs assisting an individual with a disability.
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge offers hiking on their one-mile Carson Trail which meanders through pine woods and offers views of expansive, tidal saltmarshes. Leashed pets are allowed on the Trail. The refuge also offers wildlife observations, photography, interpretive programs, hunting and limited boating opportunities. 207-646-9226
Wells Reserve at Laudholm. The Reserve's 7 miles of trails provide spectacular views and access to woodlands, fields, wetlands, beach and dunes. The gentle terrain is ideal for casual hikers, cross-country skiers and snowshoers. The varied landscape is prized by artist, photographers and nature lovers of every age. 207-646-1555
Wells Harbor is operated by the Town of Wells and contains a private marina offering canoe and kayak rentals, fishing bait and tackle. Boats on trailers can be launched from the Harbor for a fee. No fees apply to the launching of kayaks, canoes or sailboards. 207-646-3236
Wells Harbor Community Park includes the Hope Hobbs Gazebo, the Wells Rotary Pavilion, the Jeffrey Thompson Memorial Playground, the Knights of Columbus handicapped accessible observation deck, bocce ball and horseshoe courts. Free summer concerts are held every Saturday evening from July to Labor Day. Some of these facilities can be rented for private parties and weddings. For questions or to book your event call Jen Frasier 207-361-8984
Wells Recreation Park consists of 70 acres which includes nature trails, soccer fields, baseball fields, a playground, tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic area and horseshoe pits. Public restrooms are open May through October. Tennis courts are available for use May through October (fees apply). Snowshoes and cross-country skis are available for rent in the winter months. 207-646-5826
Eastern Trail Alliance Bicycle Trails. Sections of the Eastern Trail on-road bicycle route includes the back roads in Wells. The route is a recreational and transportation greenway connecting Kittery to South Portland, Maine.
POINTS OF INTEREST
Wells Public Library. Dedicated in 1979 the library houses of 44,000 titles in multiple formats. The library provides free access to the Internet as well as wireless access. During the year, the library offers weekly programs for all ages. The summer reading programs offer incentives and special events for residents and vacationers. The "Friends of the Wells Public Library" sponsors an on-going book sale, an annual summer book sale, fall craft show an many other events. 207-646-8181
Wells-Ogunquit Center at Moody (Senior Center) welcomes both residents and non residents 50 years or older and is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm. The Center offers educational sessions, exercise, health programs, social events and games. 207-646-7775
POINTS OF HISTORICAL INTEREST
Meetinghouse Museum. The Historical Society of Wells & Ogunquit maintains this Nationally Registered building at the site of the original meetinghouse, located on Route 1. Artifacts, memorabilia and genealogies of the earls Wells and Ogunquit residents provide insight relative to our early historic seacoast community. 207-646-4775.
Schoolhouse Division No. 9. The Schoolhouse was built by the Town of Wells between 1899-1901 on a half acre of land at a total cost of $848.72. The Town restored the site in 1976. It stands today as it did over 100 years ago. The Schoolhouse is open to the public in July and August on Thursdays from 1:30-4:00pm. The Schoolhouse is located on Route 9 about 5 miles from Route 109.
Bridge of Flowers at Webhannet Falls Park. A joint endeavor of the Webhannet Garden Club and the Historical Society of Wells & Ogunquit, recognizes the site where Edmund Littlefield established the first permanent mills on the banks of the Webhannet River in 1640-1641. It is located on Route 1 just south of the Coast Village Inn & Cottages.
Storer Park commemorates the battle between the French, Indians and Wells' early residents. This small park is on Route 1 adjacent to the Garrison Suites.
North of Howe's Floor Store on the west side of Route 1, a marker sits at the site of Col. John Wheelwright's Garrison at "Town End". It was from there that Esther Wheelwright was captured by Indians and taken to Canada.
AA. 1-800-737-6237. Thursdays 8:00pm, Wells Congregational Church, Route 1. Fridays 7:30pm and Saturdays 8:00am, St. Mary's Church, Eldredge Road.
ALANON 1-800-498-1844. Thursdays 7:30pm, Wells Congregational Church, Route 1.
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL. Wells - Mondays 7:30am, www.wellsrotary.org
Ogunquit - Wednesdays, 12:15pm, www.ogunquitmerotary.org
WEIGHT WATCHERS. Monday 5:30 - 7:00pm & Tuesdays 8:30am, Wells-Ogunquit Center at Moody (Senior Center), Route 1.