Sebago Lake State Park - Day Use Area

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Trailhead

From South: Coming from North Windham, follow US Route 302/ME Route 35 north. Continue on US Route 302/ME Route 35 for 5.4 miles past the intersection with ME Route 121 and turn left onto State Park Road. Go another 1.5 miles to the entrance to Sebago Lake State Park's picnicking and swimming area on the right (south) side of the road.

From North: From the intersection of US Route 302/ME Route 35 and ME Route 11 in Naples, head south on US Route 302/ME Route 35 for 2.3 miles and turn right onto State Park Road. Go another 1.5 miles to the entrance to Sebago Lake State Park's picnicking and swimming area on the right (south) side of the road.

Description

Sebago Lake State Park opened in 1938 and is one of the Maine's five original state parks. This beautifully forested lakeside park is located on the shores of Sebago Lake, Maine's deepest and second largest lake, providing year-round recreation for thousands of visitors annually. Near the foothills of the White Mountains, Sebago Lake State Park offers sandy beaches, wide-ranging woodlands, ponds, bogs, a river, and diverse habitat for a wide variety of plants and animals.

The day area offers over 4.5 miles of trails that traverse through a mixed growth forest along the shores of Sebago Lake and the Songo River. The trails are relatively flat, with much of the trail gravel packed, allowing for relatively easy hiking and mountain biking. These trails are groomed in the winter for cross-country skiing. Trailhead signs are posted along the main park entrance and the trails are home to several species of animals such as squirrel, white tailed deer, raccoon, and porcupine.

The 1.5 Songo River Trail follows the meandering shoreline of the Songo River in the day area. The river provides the passage of boating traffic from Long Lake and Brandy Pond to Sebago Lake. The water level on Long Lake is 4 feet higher than Sebago and boats must pass through the Songo Locks, a wooden gate operated by hand, to access Sebago Lake. While hiking this relatively flat trail, visitors often see waterfowl such as ducks, loons, geese, and bald eagles searching for food along the river.

The 3.0 mile Woodlands Trail traverses through the hardwood forest of the park and away from the hustle and bustle of the busy beach area. It provides hikers an opportunity of see a part of the park that is often missed by most users. While hiking this trail, visitors can hear the many songbirds calling above in the forest canopy and may see many of the mammals that inhabit the park.

The park also has a public boat launch for those who seek the lake's famous landlocked salmon or trophy sized togue.

Other Information

Sebago Lake also offers concession, boat ramp, horseshoes, ball field and playground. In addition there is a large lake side picnic area with several group shelters and nearby flush toilets. The day use beach has lifeguards during the summer season. Wheelchair accessible tables are available.

Groups are urged to call well ahead and rent one of the six group picnic shelters during the busy summer season.

Pets are welcome on a leash in the day area picnic sites and on the trails.

Visitors are asked to abide by the Division's carry-in/carry-out policy so that this popular park can be enjoyed by all.

Trail Manager

Visit Sebago Lake State Park online for more information and a printable brochure, or contact:

Maine Division of Parks and Public Lands
Sebago Lake State Park
11 Park Access Road
Casco, ME 04055
Phone: (207) 693-6231
andy.haskell@maine.gov

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Beach in the Day Use Area
Beach in the Day Use Area
Photo courtesy:Maine Division of Parks and Public Lands

Located less than an hour from Portland, Sebago Lake State Park, is Maine's busiest year-round park, offering visitors, young and old, a myriad of activities along one of Maine's most crystal clear lakes.

Quick Facts

Activity
  • Hiking / Walking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Cross-country Skiing
TownCasco
DifficultyEasy, Moderate
Length4.5 miles, Network
SurfaceGravel, Rocks/Ledge, Dirt/Forest Floor, Groomed Snow
PetsPermitted
FeesYes
Other ActivitiesNone

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