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The Lakes

Below is a review of the lakes and rivers of the Sebago/Long Lake Chain, and another 40 of the best known lakes and ponds of the Lakes Region, with a few of their important features noted.

The review will classify all lakes and ponds as small, mid-size, or large.

Most lakes will be noted as warmwater or coldwater.

Below each lake review will be three links:

Lake Info: Water quality, fish species, etc.
Lake Map: Water depths and fish info
Google Map: Location on map of the lake and surrounding area

At the bottom of this page are some useful websites for lake info.

The Lakes

Adams Pond Keoka Lake Raymond Pond
Barker Pond Kezar Lake Sand Pond
Bear Pond Little Moose Pond Saturday Pond
Bickford Pond Little Sebago Lake Sebago Lake
Brandy Pond Long Lake Songo River
Coffee Pond Lower Range Pond Stearns Pond
Colcord Pond McWain Pond Thomas Pond
Crescent Lake Middle Range Pond Thompson Lake
Crooked River Moose Pond Trickey Pond
Crystal Lake (Harrison) Panther Pond Tripp Lake
Hancock Pond Parker Pond Upper Range Pond
Highland Lake (Bridgton) Peabody Pond Watchic Lake
Highland Lake (Windham) Pennesseewassee Lake Whitney Pond
Hogan Pond Pleasant Lake Woods Pond

The Lakes & Rivers of the Sebago/Long Lake Chain (South to North)


The three lakes and several rivers that make up the Sebago Lake/Brandy Pond/Long Lake chain are the best known lakes in the area, primarily due to the 40 plus miles of boating that run from one end of the chain to the other. Located just 30-60 minutes from Portland, the chain has it all, fine beaches, great fishing, fine dining and plenty of fun for the kids, both young and old. These three lakes are:

Sebago Lake is the largest lake in the Lakes Region, and the second largest lake in the state. The crown jewel of the Lakes Region, Sebago is located in the towns of Naples, Casco, Raymond, Windham, Standish, and Sebago, and is the southernmost lake in the Sebago Lake/Brandy Pond/ Long Lake chain of lakes, which offers over 40 miles of navigable waterways. At 14 miles long and 8 miles wide, with a maximum depth of 316 feet, there is no finer privacy than being in a boat in the middle of this tremendous lake, if the middle of the woods is not your thing. Known for its excellent water quality and clarity, its fine beaches and its fishing, Sebago is home of the Landlocked Salmon, and is very popular with boaters and fisherman alike, with numerous marinas around the lake.
Sebago’s largest island, Frye Island, is 2.5 miles by 1.5 miles and is located off from Raymond Cape in Raymond. Serviced by two ferries that run throughout the summer and fall, this island has its own golf course, dining and a store, and of course the ever popular Frye’s Leap. If boating is your thing, Sebago Lake may be your lake. The southern end of Sebago is the reservoir and drinking water for the Portland area and is off limits to swimming.
Sebago Lake State Park, with 250 camping sites, at the top of the lake in Naples, has some wonderfully long sandy beaches and sandbars.

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Crooked River rises in Songo Pond in Albany, and passes though, or is the border for, the towns of Waterford, Harrison, Norway, Otisfield, Naples, and Casco, where 58 miles later, 32 as the birds fly, it enters Sebago Lake in Naples, just below the Songo Locks, where it picks up the flowage, and boaters, from the Songo River and meanders quietly into Sebago Lake. The Crooked is the major tributary for Sebago Lake. It offers some of the best leisure canoeing, and fishing in the area. Much of the Crooked is restricted to fly-fishing only. When the water is high enough, it is one of the finer whitewater rivers in all of New England. In many ways, this river combines more in the way of northern scenery, quick water, clean water, and fine groves of Balsam and Spruce than any other small river or stream in central New England. It is an incredible river and accessible by car in many spots. Spending a day, or two, just checking out the back-road bridges that cross the Crooked is an adventure in itself. Watercraft other then canoes can get upriver from the Songo Locks maybe a mile, before blow-downs obstruct passage. In the summer, those hearty enough to drag over the blow downs, and carry around the waterfalls, are rewarded with some wonderful sandy beaches and deep pools.

Songo River is the short river that connects Long Lake and Brandy Pond with Sebago Lake. From the outlet of Brandy Pond it flows for nearly 2 miles to the Songo Locks, where it then joins with the Crooked River just below the locks and meanders quietly into Sebago Lake. The Songo is lined with homes and camps and is navigated by the Songo River Queen, the large riverboat that is based on Lang Lake, and travels up and down the chain of lakes.

Brandy Pond (AKA Bay of Naples), is a mid-size lake, located entirely within the town of Naples, and is the pond that lies between, and is connected to, Long Lake to the North and Sebago Lake to the south, offering over 40 miles of navigable waterways. At 2 miles long and 1 mile wide, this wonderful body of water is often the resting place on the trip up and down the chain of lakes. At the northern end of Brandy Pond is Naples Village, where marinas, dining, golf, and seaplane rides are available. Naples, being the very heart of the Lakes Region, is well known for its fun nightlife. At the southern end of Brandy there is a short trip down the Songo River and through the historic Songo Locks, where the Songo River then joins the Crooked River for that last meander into Sebago Lake.

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Long Lake is a large coldwater lake, located within the towns of Naples, Bridgton and Harrison, and is the northernmost lake in the Sebago Lake/Brandy Pond/ Long Lake chain of lakes, which offers over 40 miles of navigable waterways. At 11 miles long by 1 mile wide, Long Lake is considered by many to be the best sailing lake in the area. Located at its northern end is historic and picturesque Harrison Village, AKA the Friendly Village, where boaters can launch their boat at the ramp or dock their boat at the Village Tie-up for a quick stop for last minute snacks before a day of boating or fishing. Located at the southern end of Long Lake is Naples Village, which is the very heart of the Lakes Region. Naples has several marinas, good dining, shopping, seaplane rides, and paddleboats, or you can enjoy a leisure ride on the Songo River Queen, the riverboat that travels up and down the chain of lakes.

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Other Lakes in the Lakes Region

Adams Pond is a small pond located entirely within the town of Bridgton. At 1/3 mile long by 1/3 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 51 feet, Adams is located in the historic and very pretty village of South Bridgton.

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Barker Pond is a small pond located in the towns of Hiram and Sebago. At 1.25 miles long by 2/3 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 44 feet, Barker is a wonderful quiet pond surrounded by mountains and quiet country roads.

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Bear Pond is a small coldwater pond located entirely within the town of Waterford. At 1 mile long by up to 2/3 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 72 feet, Bear offers wonderful mountain views, deep water, with Salmon and Brook Trout. You can easily paddle over to the eastern side of the pond and hike to the top of Bear Mountain, or walk or bike the 1.5 miles into picturesque Waterford Village, which is the prettiest village in the entire Lakes Region.

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Bickford Pond is a most wonderful small warmwater pond located entirely within the town of Porter, which is west of the Lakes Region. At 1.6 miles long by 1/4 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 69 feet, this incredible pond is located near the New Hampshire border and is surrounded by tall mountains and some of the best hiking and biking roads in the State of Maine. Bickford is the sister pond to Colcord Pond, which feeds it.

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Coffee Pond is a small spring fed coldwater pond located entirely in Casco. At 1 mile long by 1/4 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 70 feet, this pond is the headwaters for a small chain of ponds that flows into Sebago Lake. It has excellent water quality, and is popular with fisherman, as it is the only lake in the area that can boast of having Sunapee Trout.

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Colcord Pond is a most wonderful small coldwater pond located entirely within the town of Porter, which is west of the Lakes Region. At 1.5 miles long by 1/3 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 105 feet, there is a boat launch at the southern end and Bald Ledge at the northern end. Surrounded by close mountains, this fantastic pond is unequalled for beauty in the area. It offers access to some of the best hiking and biking in the State of Maine, It has Salmon and Brook Trout, and is my favorite pond of the 70 plus that I have sold on. Colcord is the sister pond to Bickford Pond and flows into Bickford.

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Crescent Lake is a very nice mid-size coldwater lake located in the towns of Raymond and Casco. At 2.5 miles long by 1/2 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 54 feet, it is a quiet lake with a campground at the southern end. It is connected with larger Panther Pond, which is 2.5 miles long, via the Tenney River, which is navigable by boat and canoe. There are several children’s camps on both of these ponds.

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Crystal Lake is a small warmwater pond located entirely in Harrison. At 1.5 miles long by 1/3 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 65 feet, it is skirted by Route 117 along its eastern shore. There is a wonderful town beach and boat launch at its southern end, in the center of Harrison Village. Crystal Lake has decent Bass fishing and beautiful sandy beaches.

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Hancock Pond is a wonderful mid-size warmwater lake located in the towns of Sebago and Denmark, At 3 miles long by 1.5 miles wide, with a maximum depth of 59 feet, Hancock is a wonderful rural lake with good beaches, mountain views and decent Bass fishing. It is also fairly close to Shawnee Peak Ski Area, which offers the best night skiing in New England.

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Highland Lake is a very popular mid-size lake located primarily in the town of Bridgton, with the northernmost end being in Sweden. At 5 miles long by up to 1 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 50 feet, Highland Lake has a very nice town beach and launch at its southern end, in the center of Bridgton. Highland Lake has decent Bass fishing and is located just a few minutes from Shawnee Peak Ski Area.

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Highland Lake is a mid-size warmwater lake located in the towns of Windham, Westbrook and Falmouth. At 4 miles long by 1/2 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 67 feet, Highland is a popular boating lake, due to its short commuting distance from Portland.

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Hogan Pond is a warmwater pond located entirely in the town of Oxford. At 1.5 miles long by 1/4 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 34 feet, Hogan is a hot dog shaped pond, and the sister pond to Whitney Pond, which is the same shape. The 2 ponds are separated by a tall and very narrow esker, which is a high sandy ridge that was deposited by a stream that flowed on, within, or beneath, a stagnant glacier. The two ponds join at the northern end and flow into the Little Androscoggin River. The sandy road that runs along the top of the esker is definitely worth a hike or bike ride, as you can look left, down on Whitney, or right, down on Hogan. The rustic cottages along this esker are vintage and wonderful.

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Keoka Lake is a small pond located entirely in the town of Waterford At 1.33 miles long by 3/4 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 42 feet, this is as pretty a pond as you will find. The western side of the pond is Waterford Village, easily the prettiest historic village in the Lakes Region. There is a nice beach and boat launch next to the old town hall. The older homes in Waterford village are just incredible, as are the well maintained older farms that surround the village and the lake. Life doesn’t get any better than in Waterford Village.

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Kezar Lake is a wonderful large coldwater lake located in the towns of Lovell and Stow. At 7.5 miles long by up to 1 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 155 feet, Kezar is considered to be the premier lake in the area, and was named by National Geographic as one of “The 10 Most Beautiful Lakes in the World.” Its properties command the highest prices on any of the lakes in the state of Maine. This lake has it all, fantastic mountain views, deep clean water and all the great game fish. North Lovell, located at the northern end of the lake and Center Lovell, located on the eastern side, are two of the prettiest villages in the state. It is such a wonderful lake and area.

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Little Moose Pond is a small pond located entirely within the town of Waterford. At 1 mile long by 1/2 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 43 feet, this wonderful pond is known for its great water clarity, its mountain views, and its Brook Trout. There is no public access to Little Moose, which assures the ultimate in privacy. This is a great little pond with fewer than 6 camps on it.

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Little Sebago Lake is a large warmwater lake located in the towns of Gray and Windham. At 6 miles long by up to 1 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 52 feet, this lake is very popular with boaters and swimmers alike, due to its sandy beaches and short commuting distance from Portland. Dotted with numerous islands, Little Sebago is separated into the upper, middle, and lower lakes. Bass fishing is decent on this lake.

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Lower Range Pond is a small warmwater pond located entirely within the town of Poland. At 2.5 miles long by 1 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 41 feet, this pond is the northernmost pond in the Range Pond Chain. The chain is crossed by Route #26, just south of Lower Range Pond. Lower Range is the home of Range Pond State Park.

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McWain Pond is a mid size warmwater pond located entirely within the town of Waterford. At 2.2 miles long by 1/2 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 42 feet, McWain one of a very few ponds in the area that offer no public boat access, which assures the privacy and peace and quite of this wonderful pond. The older farms that surround McWain are pretty spectacular, especially on McWain Hill Road. This is bicycle rider's heaven.....if you are used to hills that is.

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Middle Range Pond is a mid-size warmwater pond located entirely within the town of Poland. At 2 miles long by .4 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 66 feet, this pond is the middle pond in the Range Pond Chain. The chain is crossed by Route #26, just north of Middle Range Pond.

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Moose Pond is a long large lake located in the towns of Bridgton and Denmark. At 9 miles long by up to 1 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 70 feet, Moose Pond is separated by two bridges, into 3 sections. The upper section is north of the Route 302 Bridge and causeway, and has tremendous views of Pleasant Mountain and Shawnee Peak Ski Area. The middle section, which is the largest, is at the base of the mountain and the ski slope. The lower section runs into Denmark Village, at its outlet. Moose Pond is well known for its annual Bass Tournament. With the Western side of Moose Pond being at the base of Pleasant Mountain and Shawnee Peak Ski Area, which offers the best night skiing in all of New England, Moose offers the very best in all season recreation. Much of Moose is only 30 minutes from North Conway.

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Panther Pond is a mid-size coldwater lake located entirely in the town of Raymond. At 3 miles long by up to 1.25 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 68 feet, Panther is also connected to Crescent Lake via the Tenney River, which is navigable by boat and canoe. Panther is a quality coldwater lake with Salmon and Brook Trout, and has a number of wonderful old boys and girls camps.

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Parker Pond is a small pond located entirely within the town of Casco, with picturesque Casco Village located at its northern end. At 1.25 miles long by 1/2 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 19 feet, it is connected to Pleasant Lake, with access by very small boat or canoe only. Salmon are reputed to be in Parker Pond.

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Peabody Pond is a mid size coldwater pond located in the towns of Naples and Sebago. At 2 miles long by 1 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 64 feet, it is one of the premier coldwater ponds in the area. It boasts of Landlocked Salmon and Brook Trout…….and wonderful privacy. Peabody is close to Shawnee Peak Ski Area, which offers the best night skiing in all of New England.

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Pennesseewassee Lake, aka Norway Lake, is a mid-size lake located entirely within the town of Norway, At 4 miles long by 1 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 48 feet, this is an excellent boating and fishing lake, with Landlocked Salmon, Brown Trout, and Bass. A short walk from the eastern end of the lake will end you up in the middle of Norway, where you can shop and grab a great lunch.

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Pleasant Lake is a mid-size coldwater lake located in the towns of Casco and Otisfield, with picturesque Casco Village at its southern end. At 4 miles long by up to 2/3 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 63 feet, Pleasant is one of the most popular lakes in the area. A quiet and peaceful lake, with many boys and girls camps, plus the world famous Seeds of Peace, Pleasant Lake is very appropriately named.

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Raymond Pond is a mid-size lake located entirely within the town of Raymond. At 1.25 miles long by up to 2/3 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 42 feet, Raymond Pond, AKA Rattlesnake Pond, is very popular with boaters, swimmers and water-skiers. There are no rattlesnakes in Maine.

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Sand Pond, aka Walden Pond, is a small pond located entirely within the town of Denmark. At 1.5 miles long by up to 1/2 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 44 feet, Sand Pond flows into Hancock Pond. A rural, quiet pond, Sand pond is surrounded by hills and just nicely tucked away, and surrounded by some wonderful old farms.

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Saturday Pond is a small warmwater pond located entirely within the town of Otisfield. At 3/4 mile long by 1 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 25 feet, this rural pond boasts of some of the quietest waters in the area….and decent Bass fishing.

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Stearns Pond is a small pond located entirely within the town of Sweden. At 1 mile long by 1/2 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 47 feet, it is wonderfully quiet pond, located just minutes from Shawnee Peak Ski Area, which offers the best night skiing in New England. It is also located only 30 minutes from North Conway, with all its wonderful shopping, hiking and skiing.

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Thomas Pond is a small warmwater pond located in the towns of Casco and Raymond. At 1 mile long by about 1 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 64 feet, it offers sandy beaches and wonderful peace and quiet, yet has great accessibility to Portland and the Maine Turnpike. Nathaniel Hawthorne spent his summers as a youth near the foot of Thomas Pond and called it the most beautiful place in the world.

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Thompson Lake is a large coldwater lake located in the towns of Casco, Poland, Otisfield, and Oxford. At 9 miles long by up to 2 miles wide, with a maximum depth of 121 feet, Thompson has some of the best water quality in the area, and the fishing to match. There are very few marinas on Thompson, which assures low boat traffic and peace and quiet that are not usually found on a lake of this size. Dotted with some tremendous islands, it is very well known for its Salmon and Lake Trout. A very popular lake!

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Trickey Pond is a mid-size coldwater lake located entirely within the town of Naples. At 1.5 miles long by up to 1/2 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 57 feet, Trickey is known for its crystal-clear water clarity. With its Salmon and Lake Trout population, and its 5 minute drive to all of the Naples Causeway activities, Trickey is one of the more popular lakes in the area.

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Tripp Lake is a mid-size warmwater lake located entirely within the town of Poland. At 2.5 miles long by 1/2 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 35 feet, it offers some of the finest beaches in the area. There is a very nice public beach on the eastern shore, where Route 11 skirts the lake.

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Upper Range Pond is a mid-size warmwater pond located entirely within the town of Poland. At 1.5 miles long by 1/2 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 38 feet, this pond is the southernmost pond in the Range Pond Chain. There is a wonderful boat launch at the bridge that crosses where Middle Range Pond meets Upper Range Pond. The view here is extraordinary.

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Watchic Lake is a terrific mid-size warmwater lake located entirely within the town of Standish. At 1.5 miles long by 3/4 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 41 feet, Watchic has some of the oldest properties in the area. Dotted with small islands that have very old cottages almost as big as the islands themselves, and almost as old, The eastern side of Watchic is home of the Paine Neighborhood, the subject of the book: Paine Almanac - Almanac for the Paine Neighborhood and Watchic Pond from 1800 to 1935.

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Whitney Pond is a small warmwater pond located entirely within the town of Oxford. At 1.5 miles long by 1/4 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 24 feet, Whitney is a hot dog shaped pond, and the sister pond to Hogan Pond, which is the same shape. The 2 ponds are separated by a tall and very narrow esker, which is a high sandy ridge that was deposited by a stream that flowed on, within, or beneath, a stagnant glacier. The two ponds join at the northern end and flow into the Little Androscoggin River. The sandy road that runs along the top of the esker is definitely worth a hike or bike ride, as you can look left, down on Whitney, or right, down on Hogan. The rustic cottages along this esker are vintage and wonderful.

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Woods Pond is a mid size warmwater lake located entirely within the town of Bridgton. At 2.25 miles long by 1/2 mile wide, with a maximum depth of 29 feet, it has a boat launch and town beach at the southern end. Woods Pond is a very nice quiet pond, located just minutes from hospital, shopping, and movie-theater in Bridgton.

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Useful Websites for Lake Info

Maine Lake Info – Look Up By Name

Clearing Vegetation in the Shoreland Zone - DEP:

Documented Infestations of Invasive Aquatic Plants in Maine - DEP

Invasive Aquatic Plants

LakeSmart

Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Maine Lake Charts

Maine Lakes Conservancy Institute

Maine Neighborhood Lake Watch

Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program

Mandatory Shoreland Zoning – DEP

Non-conforming Structures in the Shoreland Zone - DEP

Portland Water District

Waterfront Property – Responsible Ownership

Western Maine Lake Associations