To our fellow admirers of the beautiful Marginal Way: 

The Marginal Way will be opened on Monday, June 1 with specific guidelines for Covid-19 safety which will be posted at the entry points of the Marginal Way. We believe strongly that one of the guidelines will be that due to the expected crowds as people come out to enjoy the weather, masks will be required.

As of June 1st, Jeanne Roche, our Executive Director will resume limited office hours M – F 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Beginning on Monday May 18th, Ogunquit’s Main and Footbridge Beaches are open from 5am -11pm for walking, surfing, paddling, and fishing.

Those with physical limitations will be “welcome to remain in position on the beach”, but all other visitors are required to either keep moving or be engaged in one of the authorized activities.

Stationary sunbathing will not be allowed. All other sports-related activities will not be permitted on the reopening beaches during this initial reopening phase. And Estuary access will be prohibited at Main Beach.

Anyone visiting Ogunquit from out of state must comply with Gov. Janet Mills’ executive order that requires they self-quarantine for 14 days.]

We hope that everyone follows the guidance recommended by the CDC to protect themselves and others during this time. We are hopeful that taking every precaution today will bring us closer to enjoying our Beautiful Place by the Sea  together again soon.

For those not able to visit the Marginal Way, let us use this as an opportunity to share the beautiful moments we’ve captured along this coastal treasure with our many facebook and instagram followers. Please submit your photos and stories to our inbox and we will share photo submissions weekly. 

Also, don’t forget the web cam service that is made possible thanks to your contributions to the Marginal Way Preservation Fund. While you may be unable to walk the Way and the beaches at this time, you can sign up to access the stunning views from the Marginal Way from anywhere, anytime:

Thank you for your support and cooperation and we very much look forward to seeing everyone enjoying the Marginal Way again. 

CARES Act encourages charitable contributions:

The following is from the Maine Policy Institute:

As you likely know, there have been some changes to federal tax law as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the federal stimulus bill to help states, families and businesses combat the coronavirus pandemic.

The CARES Act makes two noteworthy changes to federal charitable giving rules for the 2020 tax year and beyond, including:

  • Individuals who do not itemize their deductions and give up to $300 to charity can add $300 to the standard deduction. This change is an above-the-line deduction that decreases a filer’s adjusted gross income, reducing taxable income and enabling them to qualify for other tax breaks. This applies only to individuals who give cash gifts to a qualified charity, not donor advised funds (DAF).
  • Individuals who itemize their deductions can now deduct 100% of their charitable giving from their adjusted gross income. Under previous law, this amount was capped at 60%. The limit for businesses has also been increased from 10% of taxable income to 25%. Similarly, this change applies only to cash gifts to public charities, not private foundations or DAF.

We hope you will continue to support our mission and other nonprofits that make our state such a special place to call home. Thank you for your past, current and future support.

Cherish These Views Forever
Help keep the Marginal Way safe and beautiful for you, your family and for generations to come.


Click on the image above for more information, rules and how to submit your entry.

The 2021 Marginal Way Preservation Fund Fine Art Competition has announced that Hilary Irons, Gallery and Exhibitions Director at the University of New England, Kenn Erroll Backhaus, a Master Level Artist in both the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society, and member and past President of the Plein Air Painters of America, the oldest and most prestigious plein air organization in the country, Don Demers, “Fellow” of the American Society of Marine Artists, an elected member of the Guild of Boston Artists, an elected member of the California Art Club, and a signature member of PAPA (Plein Air Painters of America) and Chris Caraviello, Board vice president of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art and owner of Van Ward Art Gallery in Ogunquit.

Learn more about our judges



Learn more about the Preservation Fund

The Marginal Way Preservation Fund is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization with its mission to build a multi-million dollar endowment for long-term conservation and preservation of Ogunquit’s popular Marginal Way. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Learn More About the Preservation Fund

Live Streaming Webcam

Check out up to four different live streaming views from our web camera mounted on the lighthouse overlooking Ogunquit Beach.

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“Preserving the Marginal Way is a noble cause. I’m happy to join the solution. What a perfect gift I received from you. Having a virtual real estate deed to the Marginal Way is my chance to have bragging rights to a piece of the rocks.”

Image courtesy of Frank Dunbar