You don’t have to be a Maine Guide or have an outdoor sportsman inclination to enjoy the allure of a waterfront lodge among Maine’s pristine lakes. Maine’s many lakes draw wildlife observers, boaters, fisherman, recreational adventurists, artists and foliage enthusiasts alike.
Blessed with thousands of lakes and ponds, Maine has much to offer for a lakeside vacation. Among the more popular lake vacation destinations include Sebago Lake, Moosehead Lake, the Belgrade Lakes Region, and Rangeley Lake, to name a few.
View our Lakes directory to find lakeside lodgings that offers all the amenities you’re looking for in a Maine vacation.
The loons of the lake are calling you! Gorgeous sunsets. S'mores by the fire pit. A lakes region B&B set right on the shores of Tripp Lake. Relax and rejuvenate in a comfy Adirondack chair. Indulge in farm-fresh breakfasts. Paddle the peaceful waters in one of our complimentary watercraft. You will be completely engulfed in the natural beauty of the Maine Lakes Region. Enjoy spectacular lake front views from your room and the sweet call of the loons as you savor your Maine comfort breakfast. We’re pet friendly and open year round. We also offer a magical elopement and intimate wedding location for your special day. Learn More
Maine Lakeside Cabins & Event Center offers year-round, affordable accommodations, event hosting, and an array of outdoor activities. The local activities include whitewater rafting, river floats, fishing, hunting, hiking, ATVing, snowmobiling, and more! The resort complex is nestled directly on the shores of Wyman Lake and includes six modern lakeside cabins, four luxurious guest houses, and a main Lodge. Each cabin sleeps up to twelve, has a full kitchen, bath, living and dining room area and one or two baths. Learn More
Located only 3.5 miles from downtown Greenville, nestled in the shadows of mountains, offering peace and quiet. Wilson Pond is a 7 mile long LAKE with depths over 130 feet. Its crystal clear waters offer Lake Trout (Togue), Salmon and Brook Trout. Its quiet waters are especially enjoyed by canoeists and kayakers. We offer seven premiere housekeeping cottages on Wilson Pond. Each with Firepit. Several are pet friendly and all are available for short or long term rentals. 90% of our customers return year after year. Learn More
Stress Free Zone! There is an extraordinary sign at the entrance of the Poland Spring Inns of Maine. Stress Free starts with the lowest resort rates in the world! Stress Free means no tipping! Stress Free means the nicest people you will ever meet. Donald Ross 18 hole golf course, Wimbledon style tennis courts, gigantic pool, Broadway shows, orchestra under the stars, and More! Join us you’ll be glad you did! Learn More
The ultimate in rustic luxury. Beautiful log cabins on Moosehead Lake & Loon Lake; real wood-burning fireplaces; whirlpool bathtubs. Moose watching; hiking & snowshoe trails; kayaking; massages. Breathtaking views and sunsets! On the snowmobile trail. A wilderness treasure. Learn More
775 acre resort with one mile of sandy beach on pristine Sebago Lake. 18-hole championship golf course recognized as one of the best by Golf Digest. Marina, boat rentals, sports center, 6 tennis courts, Lakeview Restaurant, fishing, Spring and Fall Getaways - golf packages, Pirates of Sebago, Murder Mystery and family weekends. Summer long: Free children’s programs, nightly entertainment, family fun. Resort Cottage Lodging, RV and camping options. Only 2.5 hrs from Boston. “#1 Family Friendly Resort in the Northeast” - Woman’s Day Magazine. Learn More
Play & Stay at Oxford Casino Hotel! Our well-appointed guest rooms and luxury suites are designed with our guests’ comfort in mind. Dining options range from a quick bite at Oxford Express to our full-service OX Pub, offering the best in Maine and New England cuisine. During your stay, experience 24/7 casino excitement, with nearly 1,000 slot machines and 30 table games. You’ll find it all here, just 40 minutes from Portland! Your Maine Escape Awaits! Visit OxfordCasino.com for details. Persons under 21 years of age may not enter the gaming area unless licensed as employees. Learn More
Lake Moxie Camps a traditional Maine sporting camp from a times gone by. Lake Moxie Camps offers comfortable lakeside cabins, waterfront house rental, Moxie Barn group cabin, platform tents and lakeside camp sites. Located on beautiful 9 mile Lake Moxie in the heart of Maine’s great wilderness. The Camp is just minutes from Moxie Falls, Wyman Lake, Moosehead Lake, Greenville Maine and the Appalachian trail. Enjoy the Maine you have been looking for. Wildlife abounds with loons, eagles, moose, deer and more. Learn More
In the Western Lakes and Mountains, 9 miles behind a controlled gate on beautiful Lake Kennebago sits Grants Kennebago Camps. Complete with main lodge, dining room and 18 modern cabins within steps of the lake. Each has a woodstove with wood outside the door, bathroom with shower, screened in porch with lake and mountain views and your boat waiting on the dock. Included are three daily home cooked meals, including lobster. A wonderful environment for families to enjoy, explore or relax. Learn More
A lakefront resort with 400 feet of prime beautiful, lake frontage! Gently-sloping private beach with sandy bottom. FREE rowboats, canoes, pedal boat and kayaks, tennis court, game room, and fitness center. Shady picnic area w/ BBQ grills and tables. Rooms are connected by a covered veranda and have beautiful lake views. Free WiFi and local calls. Cable TV, clock radios, in-room coffee. Individually-Controlled Heat and AC. Kitchenettes, Executive Rooms and a 2-room Deluxe Suite with fireplace and Jacuzzi. Learn More
Spectacular four-season, lakefront bed and breakfast resort. The aroma of our signature breakfast awakens you each morning before heading out to experience our divine outdoor space. Fresh. Hip. Relaxing. Perfectly perched at the base of Maine’s White Mountains, in the lakes region of Waterford. Our modern farmhouse offers a four-season retreat. Modern services and amenities that today’s authentic traveler craves. In winter, we are right off the snowmobile trails plus snowshoe or cross country skiing on property with weekend Pub! Learn More
A country inn with spectacular mountain views, combining classic Mission style design with contemporary elegance. Highly acclaimed on-site restaurant and lively pub are run by Culinary Institute of America graduate Chef/Co-Owner. Accommodations combine antique charm with updated, modern amenities. King beds, private baths, TV/DVD and full country breakfast. Surrounded by lakes and mountains with activities, including hiking, biking, skiing, antiquing, outlet shopping, golf, fishing and many scenic drives. Open year-round. Learn More
Discover the spacious lakefront cottages of Wilsons on Moosehead Lake located half a mile down a private country road in the North Maine Woods. Enjoy incredible views of the lake and surrounding mountains from the screened porch of your fully equipped waterfront cabin. Hunt, fish, boat, swim, canoe, hike, ATV, snowmobile, site see, wildlife safaris... Activities are endless and right here at your doorstep. The perfect place to do everything...or nothing at all. Come see why folks say we have “Moosehead’s Million Dollar View! Learn More
If you’re searching for the best that Maine has to offer, 5 Lakes Lodge is it. Located near Baxter State Park and surrounded by water on three sides, our new log lodge offers the finest rooms and views in the Katahdin Region. Let the cry of a loon and the sun shining on Mt. Katahdin wake you in the morning. Handmade cedar log furniture, Jacuzzi style tubs, fireplaces, rocking chairs by the windows...all of these things add to the warmth created by our all natural wood surroundings. Relaxation or recreation, it’s all here at 5 Lakes Lodge. Learn More
More About Maine Lake Resorts
Maine is home to some of the most beautiful and crystal-clear lakes in the US, and arguably, in the world for that matter. Maine has over 3,400 lakes, and the best way to explore and enjoy them is by lodging at a lakeside resort.
Resorts on Maine lakes offer a truly unique getaway; imagine waking to the sound of a loon, watching fog linger above the water as the sun rises. The translucent waters are totally calm and perfect for a canoe or kayak, or fresh water fishing. You can simply read a book on the breezy shores, take a boat ride, go tubing, waterskiing, sailing in the afternoon and refresh with a lake swim in some of the cleanest, clearest water in the US. Evenings at a Maine lake resort include cocktails on a dock, dining and campfires by the water, counting shooting stars and watching the moon’s reflection on the lake.
Lake Resort Lodging
Maine lake resorts range from beautiful cabins to hotels on the waterfront, more rustic lakeside cabins and camps, or even affordable campgrounds with tent sites. Some lakeside Maine resorts offer classic cabin lodging with a main lodge serving family style or restaurant dining followed by entertainment and a crackling fire, while other lake resorts are inns, hotels or offer private cabins for rent.
Some lake resorts provide on-site boats, kayaks and canoes, and even offer Maine guides or water sports lessons so you can learn to sail or water ski on your Maine lake vacation. Alternatively, visitors can rent provisions from boat rental properties on popular lake destinations like Sebago Lake.
A Few of Maine’s 3,400 Popular Lake Vacations
Maine’s largest lake is Moosehead in the Maine Highlands or Moosehead Region. Here, the Lodge at Moosehead offers four-diamond lodging, while Spencer Pond Cabins, the Cozy Moose Lakeside Cabins and Moosehead Hills Cabins are more rustic and natural lakeside resorts. Anglers, hunters and bird lovers alike find Moosehead to be a vast wilderness of game, endangered birds and of course moose.
The most popular destination for lakeside vacations in Maine is Sebago Lake. Here on Maine’s second largest lake, you will find lake resorts from chic with gourmet cuisine and cabin room service to family friendly and casual. You can even boat through the 1832 Songo Locks system from Sebago Lake to Brandy Pond to Long Lake. Ride out to Sebago’s largest island, Frye Island for lunch, then watch divers jump off Frye’s Leap cliffs into the crystal-clear water.
Point Sebago Resort is a fun lakeside campground resort with Park Homes and Resort Cottages on Sebago Lake, offering activities for everyone in the family from lake water sports and fishing to kids camps to 18-hole championship golf.
Rangeley Lake Region further north is home to some beautiful lakeside resorts, like Grants Kennebago Camps, which offers modern lakeside cabins and a traditional main lodge where dinner is served.
Some of the other lakes with resorts in the Maine Lakes Region are Highland Lake, Long Lake, Kezar Lake, and Moose Pond at the base of Shawnee Peak Ski Resort.
Seasonal Lake Resort Lodging
Whether you like to fish, boat, swim or just enjoy the lakeside setting, a summer vacation at a Maine lake resort is relaxing and rejuvenating. In fall, Maine’s lakes are magnificent when the colorful foliage on the shore is reflected in the brilliant blue waters. Wintertime at Maine lake resorts brings a plethora of winter sports on the frozen lakes from ice fishing and snowmobiling to ice skating, even cross-country skiing.
Several lake resorts stay open in winter to provide a beautiful lakeside setting in the snow, with nearby winter ski and sled trails. As you travel north, many residents and vacationers use their snowmobile as a mode of transport, evident when you see the vast network of Maine snowmobile trails and many parking spots filled with winter ATVs and “snow machines” – as Mainers refer to them.
Annual Maine Lake Events
Maine’s lakes are also host some of the best festivals in Maine, like the Maine Lakes Brew Fest each fall on Sebago, mid-winter Mushers Bowl and Winter Carnival in Bridgton, Snowdeo on Rangeley Lake every January, and mid-summer Casco Days and Blueberry Festival near Sebago Lake.
See our list of Maine lakeside resorts to plan your perfect lake vacation.
Maine Lake Facts and Figures:
Sebago Lake is Maine’s 2nd largest fresh water body of water, 10 mile wide and almost 50 miles long.
Sebago Lake touches 6 towns including Naples, Raymond, Casco, Sebago, Standish and Windham
Sebago’s clean water is a major water source for the City Of Portland – 15% of Maine’s population.
Moosehead Lake is 246 ‘ feet deep in some places, the largest mountain lake in the northern US.
Moosehead is the source of the Kennebec River, dam released for whitewater rafting.
Moosehead Lake is home to 80 islands, and Mount Kineo that rises up 700 feet with dramatic cliffs.
Moosehead has a high concetration of peregrine falcon and Maine moose, a 3:1 ratio moose: people.
Moosehead Lake’s name comes from its shape of an antlered moose.
A list of Maine’s largest and most popular lakes:
- Moosehead Lake – 74,890 acres
- Sebago Lake – 29,992 acres
- Mooselookmeguntic Lake – 16,300 acres
- Umbagog Lake – 7,767 acres
- Rangeley Lake – 6,300 acres
- Long Lake – 5,295 acres
- China Lake – 3,992 acres
- Belgrade Lake – 3,510 acres
- Kezar Lake – 2,665 acres
- Little Sebago Lake – 2,009 acres
- Alamoosook Lake – 1,133 acres