Back Cove, Portland, Maine

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Coordinates: 43°40′19″N 70°16′01″W / 43.672°N 70.267°W / 43.672; -70.267

Back Cove (top) as seen in NASA astronaut photograph.

Back Cove is an estuary basin on the northern side of the City of Portland, Maine's downtown district. It is nearly circular and about one mile in diameter. A popular loop trail runs around the circumference of the cove.[1] Being tidal, Back Cove dries out to mud flats at low tide and is not commercially navigable. It is sometimes incorrectly referred to as Back Bay. Its mouth is crossed by Interstate 295 on Tukey's Bridge.

A distance marker on the western side of Baxter Boulevard.


  1. ^ "Back Cove Trail". Portland Trails. Archived from the original on 2009-05-31. Retrieved 2009-04-24.