Public Swimming Beaches
The Southside Drainages Watershed covers 3.85 square miles in York and Kittery, Maine. It includes the small coastal drainages between the York and the Piscataqua Rivers, the most significant of which is the large estuary at Brave Boat Harbor. There is relatively little development within this watershed, owing to the fact that a large percentage is part of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. Several areas of the watershed provide significant habitat for rare and endangered species, including the endangered New England Cottontail. These areas include portions of large forested blocks and scattered agricultural land. The estuary at Brave Boat Harbor forms part of the border between York and Kittery. This broad wetland provides significant habitat for waterfowl and wading birds, including the Saltmarsh Sharp-Tailed Swallow.
Seapoint Beach is a small public swimming beach located along Seapoint Road, at the southern extent of the Southside Drainages Watershed. The beach is bordered by several small farm fields and a small tidal marsh which is part of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.