Crystal Clear Lakes

Head inland and discover Maine’s many freshwater lakes that are surrounded by trees and dotted with old-fashioned camps. Each body of water has its own appeal, with varied depth, remoteness, and boating and fishing opportunities, but all offer quiet respite and slower-paced vacations

01 Megunticook Lake | Knox and Waldo Counties

On the eastern shore of Megunticook Lake, cliffs rise dramatically out of the water, and the whole lake is surrounded by the beautiful Camden Hills. Public access points include Barrett’s Cove and Shirttail Point; both have sandy beaches that make for ideal family day tripping.


02 Webb Lake | Franklin County

At the base of Mount Blue State Park is Webb Lake, which is six miles long and surrounded by fir trees, hills, and mountains. The water is crisp and clear, perfect for summer swimming, and at the end of the day the sun dips behind the mountains for spectacular sunsets. Tumbledown Mountain is nearby with six advanced trails and 700-foot cliffs.


03 Moosehead Lake | Piscatequis County 

The state’s largest lake can resemble a sea, with big waves and shifting weather and temperatures. But there are quiet coves to be found, too, such as at Lily Bay State Park, which is protected by Sugar Island and offers campsites, a sandy beach, walking trails, and boat ramps. Canoe out into the bay at night and look up to countless stars.


04 Lake Mooselookmeguntic | Franklin and Oxford County

Lake Mooselookmeguntic, located near Rangeley, is a popular fishing destination, but the surrounding landscape also offers numerous scenic hikes, such as Bald Mountain Trail and Forest Legacy Trail. By car, you can reach the Height of Land lookout on Route 17, which has expansive views of the area’s lakes and forests.


05 Belgrade Lakes | Kennebec Valley

A network of seven lakes and ponds creates the Belgrade Lakes of central Maine. The region has long been a destination for family camping, attracting those who love a slower-paced vacation that involves swimming, canoeing, and fishing.


06 Sebago Lake | Cumberland County

Sebago Lake is Maine’s deepest, reaching 300 feet in some places. By boat you can explore sandy beaches and the state park, drive up the Songo River, or head over to Frye Island for dinner or an ice cream. Some camps are on private islands in the middle of the lake and can only be reached by boat, except in winter when the lake is completely frozen.

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