Notes about things regarding scuba diving that I have come to know.

Pete's Southern Maine Regional Dive Site Guide
Fisherman's Cove, Wells
On Webhanet Drive North of Eldredge Rd., Wells
(Southern most site of 2 from this parking location)

Located on Webhanet drive just north of Eldredge Road is this site. It can also be reached by taking Webhanet drive south from the intersection with Mile Road. On Webhanet drive you will be looking for a crescent shaped parking lot on the sea side of the street. In season a porta-potie will be there for your convenience. The lot is gravel (bring a tarp) and free. It can fill up but turnover is usually moderate. We have always found a spot. The dive site is about two house lots south where steps take you down the seawall to a narrow cobble beach and into the water. Another notable landmark is a retired fire station across the street from the entry.

I would hardly call this a destination site but it does have it's place. The cove is somewhat sheltered and may be safe when other sites are challenging. It is a tidal bay so the depth is limited. We found 18 feet in the course of a hour dive and much of the dive was closer to 10 feet. That made for bright light and comfortable diving. It would be a very nice spot for a shake down dive or a first dive of the season. Since it shares the parking lot with a neighboring site it also makes a nice second dive for a 2 dive outing. Also of interest is the potential to make a site to site dive as described here.

As you make your entry at the base of the sea wall step you will see the remains of some old pilings. Get a good heading and make a loop of the cove. As you get into the "deeper" water ledge outcroppings will become more common and you will have lots to explore. Of course the left side of the cove is right there for you to wander the edge of as well.

February 2012 Note: Rolling tidal stones and salt have severely erroded the entry steps and the railings are gone. The present contour is more like a steep ramp. I would not try to traverse this ramp in full gear. It should still be managle in skin-diving gear or if scuba is rigged up and down to don and doff on the beach. A ~24 inch high storm gate blocks these steps in the off season.

The entry. At the time of the photo the winter storm boards were still installed at the head of the steps. It's a very nice concrete stairway.

The view to the left at near low tide.

This Dive Site at a Glance:

  • SCUBA: Yes
  • SKIN-DIVE: Yes
  • PARKING: Free
  • TOILETS: In season
  • TIDE: High only
  • SEASONS: All
  • EXPOSURE: E/SE
  • ENTRY/EXIT: Easy
  • FOOD: None
  • GPS: 43.292710, -70.568965
  • Google Maps accepts GPS points.

Here is a view of the parking lot and walk to the entry.

Make a loop in the cove. Ledges become more common away from shore.

The view to the right at near low tide.

This page created April 2009