This park sits on the shores of Sebago Lake, Maine’s second largest lake. This expansive body of water complements the park’s diverse 1,342 acres of woodland, marsh, and sandy beach terrain. Located in Casco, Portland is under an hour away and the drive from Boston takes two and a half hours.
The location is perfect for campers who want to explore all that the southern Maine area offers. The long stretches of oceanfront beaches are an hour south. Heading west an hour, you’ll come to the White Mountain National Forest. The forest’s dominant feature is Mount Washington, a place with some of the world’s most extreme weather.
Activities at Sebago Lake State Park
There is so much to do right here! Whether you choose to come for a day or longer, you’ll be able to enjoy lots of activities. In and around the water, there’s boating, swimming, and fishing. You can picnic at a table with grills right there.
There are ADA accessible group picnic areas and shelters for special gatherings, with playgrounds in both the day use and campground sections of the park. You’ll find an array of trails, including some for winter adventures. There’s even food service if you want a special treat!
This Maine state park is rated as having good accessibility that includes an ADA compliant platform at the Songo Locks. This rating includes most of the campground’s services. Assistance is needed at the beach where a beach wheelchair is available.
Boating at Sebago Lake State Park
Boat launches are available in both the day use and campground areas of the park. You can launch your motorized boat, personal water craft, kayak, or canoe from both. The lake has a surface area of almost 30,000 acres, plus numerous inlets and islands.
This vast area makes for many hours of cruising, water-skiing, jet-skiing, and sailing. Check out the Maine Boating website about boat registration requirements.
There are Sebago area marinas and boating businesses that rent watercraft. Some have equipment and services to assure you have safe outings on the lake’s vast waters. A quick online search will give you info on those only 10-20 minutes from the park.
Swimming at Sebago Lake State Park
At the day use side of the park, you’ll find Songo Beach, a long stretch of sand with nearby playground, horseshoe pit, and volley ball net, plus the convenience of a concession stand. The campground side of the park has two swimming areas, Witch Cove Beach and Naples Beach. Lifeguards are on duty for your swimming safety.
Hiking at Sebago Lake State Park
The trails here are multi-use, varied, and networked in both sides of the park.
The Sebago Lake State Park Day Use Area trails encompass over six miles of easy to moderate terrain.
The surfaces vary with both forest and dirt floor, and groomed snow cover in the winter. You can bring your pet with you for hiking, biking, cross country skiing, and snow shoe adventuring.
- The Sebago Lake State Park Campground side has six easy to moderate trails for walking, hiking, and snowshoeing. Pets are not permitted on these trails that have dirt and forest floor surfaces.
Biking at Sebago Lake State Park
You can enjoy over five miles of biking in the day use section of the park. Along with the easy to moderate terrain, there are trailheads at both ends of the area.
- The Songo River Trail is a place to bike by the river.
- The Woodlands Trail is three miles long and gives you the chance to view birds and wildlife as you cycle.
Fishing at Sebago Lake State Park
Fishing here offers rich opportunities as the deepest point of the lake is over 300 feet. This means chances are good to not only land a variety of fish, but also some big ones! Lake trout are the most common catch, including some trophy winners. Other fish caught here include brown and brook trout, smallmouth bass, and landlocked Atlantic salmon.
You’ll find both bait casting and trolling used here, along with fly fishing in nearby streams as well as on the lake. Visit the Fishing Opportunities page for info on local fishing spots and how to get a license. With a quick online search you’ll find area guides and outfitters who’ll help you prepare for a successful outing.
Birding at Sebago Lake State Park
Bird watchers enjoy a wide range of birds as some from the shore head inland. The summer is peak for seeing blue heron, kingfishers, osprey, and eagles. Mergansers, grebes, and cormorants visit while common loons are here during the breeding season. Wood ducks and black ducks are also here in the summer.
The wooded areas of the park are year-round home to wild turkeys, partridge, chickadees, downy, hairy, and pileated woodpeckers, and red-breasted and white-breasted nuthatches. Added to that, you may see barred, saw-whet, and great horned owls. During migrating season, evening grosbeaks and various warblers, plus thrushes may sighted here.
Nature & Wildlife at Sebago Lake State Park
The park’s size and location make it a great escape setting for a variety of wildlife. In the water that includes otters and beaver in quiet coves. On the land side, you may catch sight of less common bear or moose, as well as the more common white-tailed deer. You’re most likely to see smaller mammals, such as porcupine, squirrels, and chipmunks.
Pets at Sebago Lake State Park
Your leashed pet can join you in the picnic area and on the trails of the day use side of the park. No pets are allowed in the park’s campground area. They’re also not allowed on the beaches between April 1 and September 30. Otherwise, leashed pets are welcome at the day area beach from October 1 to March 31. Please be sure to clean up after them.
Camping at Sebago Lake State Park
This 250-site campground has so much to offer, with two beaches, and a trailered boat launch. Campsites are reservable and non-reservable on a first-come basis. You’ll find sites for tents and pop-ups all the way up to those for 35+ foot rigs, including plenty with electric and water hookups. Each site comes with a picnic table and fireplace.
There are ADA accessible sites and restrooms, plus showers, drinking water, dishwashing stations, and dumping and recycling facilities. The campground has a nature center and amphitheater for speakers and movies.
There are 14 group camping sites in the day use area of the park. These are for tent camping, although 20-foot trailers will be considered by calling the park directly. The sites are for up to 15 campers, with each having picnic tables and fire rings. There are hot showers and toilets nearby. Some of the group sites have Adirondack shelters for gathering.
Sebago Lake State Park
11 Park Access Road
Casco ME 04015
Here is a short YouTube video showcasing several attractions at Sebago Lake State Park: