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Memories are made on

—— Maine’s lakes —— Between Memorial Day and Columbus Day, our lakeside towns are alive with visitors eager to soak up our Maine charm. Begin with making a reservation at a lakeside cabin or a pleasant motel, country inn, or B&B for your stay. Now grab your crew and head to the water. Everything else can wait. Warm, sunny days are also perfect for a hike to a spectacular view, or stroll around town. Now and then get out for a drive—stopping to explore local sights, museums, or charming craft and gift shops. When night falls, experience dining, live music, the nostalgia of the drive-in, summer stock or just spending time with friends, new and old, under the stars.

Sebago Lakes

Flagstaff Area – Maine’s High Peaks Region

The Indian name Sebago (se-bay-go) means ”great stretch of water.” Carved by ancient rivers and cut by ice age glaciers, Sebago Lake fills a granite basin that has been weathered for millions of years. Thanks to those glaciers, visitors today can enjoy multiple watersports on Maine’s deepest lake. Powerboaters, sailors, kayakers, canoeists, anglers, and beachgoers will all find something to enjoy here.

A pontoon boat ride on Maine’s largest, man-made lake with the dramatic 4,000+-ft. Bigelow Range looming above, fly-fishing at Stratton Brook Pond at an almost 1,400-ft. elevation, kayaking on myriad rivers and ponds awaiting discovery, or preparing today’s catch over a campfire on the shores of the Chain of Ponds after a day of fishing and swimming are adventures for visitors all ages.

On Sebago’s north shore is beautiful Sebago Lake State Park. The park’s campground, with 250 campsites, is popular with families, providing lasting memories season after season. Wooded areas offer a respite from the sun and activity on the beaches. Whether hiking on marked trails or biking, visitors find many ways to enjoy the park.

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail can be accessed at the Stratton boat launch, where motorboats are also welcome. You can find serenity with a knock-out view at Cathedral Pines Campground, located on the western shores of Flagstaff Lake. The Dead River Area Historical Society museum exhibits the “lost” towns of Flagstaff Lake, including the village of Flagstaff, named for the flagpole erected by Benedict Arnold’s men during his famous march to Québec in 1775.

Greater Bridgton Lakes If you’re looking to experience “life as it should be,” to know the hushed quickening of dawn, the clarity of a bubbling stream, or the painted wonder of the sun setting in concert with loons calling across a still lake, you’ll feel right at home in the Greater Bridgton Lakes region. The bountiful mountains, lakes, and woods set amongst towns with names like Sweden, Lovell and Denmark provide a vast playground for visitors, offering a multitude of year-round activities. From the excitement of skiing the mountain peaks in the winter to hiking wooded trails in the spring, swimming, fishing, and paddling on a lake of glass in the summer to leafpeeping in autumn, this pristine lakes region will capture your heart and never let it go. •

Rangeley & Oquossoc The Rangeley and Oquossoc area consists of six major lakes plus hundreds of smaller lakes and ponds. Get to know the area aboard one of the Rangeley Regional Cruises, or simply take in the views of these waterways along the Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Byway. Make sure to bring along a picnic lunch to enjoy beside one of four waterfalls. Complete your visit with a stop at the Rangeley Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum, named the Best Sporting Museum in New England by Yankee magazine. Cruise back in time on The Oquossoc Lady, a beautifully restored 1947 vintage wooden launch at the Saddleback Marina in Oquossoc. You’ll circle around Rangeley Lake while the captain shares an intimate glimpse of the lake and its history from a unique perspective.

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Maine's Lakes & Mountains Travel Planner ~ 2017  

The official vacation planner to Maine's Lakes & Mountains region. Discover year-round adventure in this spectacular four-season destination...