Love in Lake Region

Photograph by Anne Freeman Walker
Photograph by Anne Freeman Walker

Anticipating Valentine’s Day, my husband and I reminisced, reflecting on how a romantic cross-country skiing outing at Sebago Lake State Park, led us to buying real estate in Naples in 1992. “We packed a picnic lunch and skied out to a point overlooking the lake, remember?” 

After we married in 1988, Eric and I rented an apartment in our college town of Gorham, saving our money in hopes of buying a house within the next few years. By the fall of 1991 we’d begun our hunt. Both working in Gray, we searched area towns before a chance invitation to tour a model home in Naples brought us back out to the Lake Region area. We remembered our afternoon skiing at the park and fell in love with the home we toured in a friendly wooded neighborhood. My Mom and Dad returned the next day to enjoy lunch on the Naples Causeway and gave us their nod to the area which helped secure our plan to live here.

We’ve never questioned our decision to purchase real estate in Naples as it has led fun outdoor adventures over the past twenty-two years. We’ve hiked with our three children at various spots including Jockey Cap in Fryeburg, Rattlesnake Mountain in Raymond, Pleasant Mountain in Bridgton, Sabattus Mountain in Lovell, and Douglas Mountain in Sebago. We’ve gone snowshoeing, skiing, and skating at area venues each winter, and swimming or kayaking at Long Lake, Brandy Pond, Crystal Lake, and Sebago Lake each summer. The beauty of the area is breathtaking. Fireworks on the Naples Causeway and catching movies at The Magic Lantern Cinema, the Bridgton Drive-In in Bridgton, and at Smitty’s Cinema in Windham will forever be in our children’s memories also.

But don’t solely take my word that the Lake Region area offers some great date opportunities. Come enjoy cross-country skiing in the crisp air at Sebago Lake State Park or go snowshoeing at Sabattus Mountain in Lovell whose peak overlooks Pleasant Mountain, Kezar Lake, and the White Mountains. Catch a constellation snowshoe walk under a beautiful night sky in Bridgton. Dine on bruschetta at a waterfront restaurant window overlooking Brandy Pond. If you have children in tow, consider snowmobiling and ice fishing at the annual Sebago Lake Region Ice Fishing Derby or if you’re incredibly brave, lock hands with your significant other and plunge into the icy water at the Freezing for a Reason event at Highland Lake in Bridgton this Saturday, February 15th.

As for Eric and I, there will be many more dates to enjoy here. We never stop seeing a shop, restaurant, or trail to explore, however the most romantic spot I can think of to enjoy with my husband this Valentine’s Day is before a warm fire in the hearth of this house we made a home all those years ago. Love is in the air of the Lake Region area! 

–Written by: Anne Freeman Walker, a resident of Naples, Maine for the past 22 years.

Naples, Maine is in the Heart of the Sebago Lakes Region

From up above, the Naples Causeway with Brandy Pond, bottom, and Long Lake,

Naples is one of the most picturesque small towns in western Maine. While neighboring Windham is often called the “Gateway to the Lakes Region”, then Naples surely is the “Heart of the Lakes Region” with eight lakes and ponds falling within its borders.

These clean and clear lakes include Sebago Lake, Long Lake, Brandy Pond, Trickey Pond, and Peabody Pond.

Summer visitors are drawn to the Causeway where they find lots of fun activities by day and spectacular sunsets, bustling nightlife, and restaurants and pubs by night. And no one should miss the chance to cruise Long Lake or travel through historic Songo Lock on a rented boat or cruise on the iconic Songo River Queen.

Add in golf, hiking, biking, swimming and fishing and the active outdoor enthusiast will never lack for things to do in Naples.

Local marinas provide many watercraft options for fun on the water. Enjoy over 40 continuous miles of boating in the region by going north the full distance of Long Lake to the village of Harrison or south through Brandy Pond, the Songo River and into the majestic Sebago Lake. Explore Sebago Lake’s many coves and islands, tie up at a local marina for gas and food, or fish to your heart’s content.

Whatever the season, Naples abounds with energy. Summer visitors, seasonal residents and campers look forward to the annual Blues Festival in June, the 4th of July parade and fireworks, community band concerts at the gazebo, mini-golf, arcades, novelty stores, antique shops and ice cream parlors. Fall brings leaf-peepers, hikers and nature lovers in search of brilliant foliage and clean, crisp air. For some, winter is best, with snowmobile rallies, ice fishing, and nearby skiing.

If you’re looking for a place to make lasting memories, Naples is a great destination!

Square Miles – 36.5
Population – 4,200
Distance to Portland – 30 miles
Type of Government – Town Manager/Select Board
2010 Tax Rate – $11.60/per Thousand

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Boating Paradise Found on Long Lake in Harrison, Bridgton, and Naples, Maine

Beautiful Long Lake from the east shore, Cape Monday, Harrison, Maine

Bordered by the picturesque western Maine towns of Naples, Bridgton and Harrison, Long Lake is considered one of the premier recreational lakes in all of Maine. Along with Brandy Pond and Sebago Lake to the south, these three interconnected bodies of water form a navigable 35 mile long stretch of water that most boater’s consider their paradise.

Long Lake is 11 miles long, a mile wide, and covers 5,295 acres in surface area. It is 59 feet deep at its deepest and has a mean depth of 23 feet. The town of Harrison lies at its northern most point and Naples at its southern most point, where Long Lake flows under the causeway and into Brandy Pond, also known as the Bay of Naples.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has rated Long Lake’s water quality as “slightly above average”, reports that the incidence of nuisance algal blooms is “low”, and that there have been no documented evidence of any invasive aquatic plants such as milfoil or hydrilla.

Fish species found in Long Lake include brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, salmon, pickerel, largemouth and smallmouth bass, white and yellow perch.

There is a public boat launch in Harrison at the head of the lake, as well as one in Bridgton. The local marinas that service boaters on Long Lake are Harrison Marina and Gateway Marina in Harrison, Long Lake Marina in Naples, as well as Naples Marina, Causeway Marina and Moose Landing Marina in Naples, all located on Brandy Pond.

One of the added features of Long Lake is that it provides boaters with facilities to tie up in either Naples or Harrison where they can go ashore to enjoy a meal, do some shopping, or just walk around a quaint New England village.

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