Sebago Lake State Park
GOOD FOR: All Ages
RATING:


Source:Outdoors with Kids Boston (AMC Books)
Address:11 Park Access Road, Casco, ME
Hours:Dawn to dusk daily
Fee: Adults, $6.50; children ages 3–11, $1
Contact:

maine.gov; 207-693-6613

Bathrooms: At the day use area
Water/Snacks: Water fountains near the bathrooms
Map:

USGS Naples (maps available at park entrance)


Sebago Lake State Park, a paradise for water sports lovers, is one of Maine’s most popular parks.

Ring-necked ducks frequent Sebago Lake.
Photo by: iStock

This 1,400-acre state park, which opened in 1938, is one of Maine’s five original state parks. The 45-square-mile Sebago Lake, for which the park is named, is an absolute haven for water sports lovers, who come to sail, kayak, canoe, fish, swim, and sunbathe.

When you’re not in the water, enjoy beaches, woods, ponds, bogs, a river, and a variety of plant and animal life, along with miles of trails accessible from the park’s day-use area. If you camp overnight at the park, you have access to even more trails.

Trails from the day area are mostly flat and gravel-packed, making them popular with cyclists of all ages. In winter, the trails are groomed for crosscountry skiing. For an excursion away from the busy beach area, the 3-mile Woodland Trail takes you through the forest. A shorter option is the 1.5-mile Songo River Trail, which takes you along the river, where kids will enjoy seeing boats passing through the hand-cranked locks. Since the water level on Long Lake (located north of Sebago) is 4 feet higher than that on Sebago, boats have to use the locks to get to Sebago. At the day area, you can enjoy horseshoe pits, a ball field, picnic tables, and a playground.

Remember: If you want to turn your visit into an overnight, make a reservation at the 250-site campground.

Plan B:

An unexpected attraction for so far north is the Songo River Queen II, a replica of a Mississippi River stern paddle wheeler. Take a ride to enjoy the state park from another vantage point.

Where to Eat Nearby:

On ME 35, as you head to the park, you’ll see cafés and convenience stores where you can pick up snacks or stop for a bite.



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