Ogunquit River Watershed
The Ogunquit River forms Ogunquit’s northern border with Wells. The river flows in from York near the power line right of way. It travels through an area of forest and gathers water from a small stream just before it passes several farms on North Village Road. The river passes under six roads including Route 1 and the Maine Turnpike as it flows by an increasing number of homes and businesses closer to the coast. As it approaches Main Street the Ogunquit River comes under the influence of the incoming tides and broadens into a wide estuary. The estuary is separated from the ocean by a barrier beach that extends south for one and a half miles. While the beach is mostly undeveloped except for a waste treatment facility, the mainland shore is extremely built up with a high density of homes, hotels, and parking lots. At the mouth of the river it passes under one final bridge on Beech Street, flows past a large parking lot at the end of the barrier beach and empties into the Gulf of Maine.
Josias River Watershed
The Josias River crosses the Ogunquit border with York between Agamenticus Road and Main Street. It winds past densely clustered houses and condominium complexes on its one mile run to the ocean. The river flows into a man made basin where numerous boats are moored, passes through Perkins Cove and out into the Gulf of Maine.
Southern York Coastal Drainages
Staples Pond, though less than one acre in size, has close to a dozen homes around its shores. The pond is drained by a small stream that flows a short distance to the Gulf of Maine.