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The Intertidal zone

Maine has some 3,500 miles of shoreline. The public, however, often
has problems accessing it. Most of it is privately owned, and private
owners have a right to restrict access in most instances. One estimate
has it that only five percent of the shore is publicly owned. To make
matters even worse, there is no comprehensive inventory of publicly
owned lands.

Colonial law grants the public access to the intertidal zone for
fishing, fowling, and navigation. What this means in actuality is
open to some dispute, but the fact remains that Maine courts have
generally upheld the right of landowners to kick people off the
beaches.

In Downeast Maine, Acadia National Park provides most, but not all, of
the public access.


The Intertidal Zone