The foothills of the White Mountains blanketed by tall evergreens beg me to explore them by foot instead of taking the canoe off the rack. It’s always a tough decision, but I know I can always come back. Open year-round, 9 am – Sunset daily, there’s never a rush to get inside. As an annual State Park pass holder, you can imagine my delight that Sebago Lake State Park was a participating park (the best bang for your buck if you don’t have one already). For all others, the entry fee is $6 for state residents and $8 for non-residents.
Sebago Lake State Park spared no expense when building out the park. I found there to be more than ample parking for day visitors and with 250 campsites, the overnighters need not worry either. Picnic benches, grills, and bathrooms are spread out at regular intervals around the lake and trails. Bring a boat, kayak, canoe, or just a floaty to enjoy the deepest and the second largest lake in Maine. Not a water person? Enjoy the roughly 12 miles of groomed trails offered on both sides of the lake. Keep an eye out for the plentiful wildlife out on trails, I spied an eagle and her nest when I went!
I will warn vacationers to schedule their trip up accordingly – Sebago is consistently ranked one of the best state parks in the state, and thus can become packed during the summer months. Come in the wintertime to take advantage of the ice fishing, or beat the crowds this summer and hang out at the Sebago Reggae Festival on June 7th-8th! I opted to come in the wintertime to take advantage of the breathtaking cross country skiing views. Gliding through the untapped wilderness covered in snow is a therapeutic treatment beyond words.
Sebago Lake truly caters to all ages and outfits. I make the pilgrimage out at least twice a season and I am absolutely blown away every time.