best lakes in maine for swimming

7 Best Lakes in Maine for Swimming

Whether you’re an avid swimmer or just looking to cool off on a hot summer day, take a refreshing dip in one of Maine’s best natural resources – freshwater lakes! Boasting more than 6,000 lakes across the state, we have some of the cleanest bodies of water to choose from for all your water-centric activities. Enjoy your active retirement this summer at some of the best lakes in Maine for swimming! 

1. Sebago Lake – Casco

Sebago Lake, spanning 45 square miles and six towns, is located in the heart of Maine’s Lakes Region. It’s the deepest lake in the state, which means you’re guaranteed cool temperatures even on the hottest of days. You can enjoy stretches of long, sandy beaches, walking trails, picnic tables and grills throughout the piney woods that surround Sebago Lake. There are even 250 campsites you can rent if you want to make it a weekend getaway!

2. Lower Range Pond – Poland

Located about 30 minutes north of Cumberland, Range Pond State Park in Poland, Maine is worth the short trip! Home to a soft, sandy 2-mile beach surrounding a small but glorious lake, you will find three levels – an upper, middle and lower section. The water at Lower Range Pond is clear and known to be perfectly temperate, so you can spend hours swimming. There are facilities including showers and restrooms, and also several ramps on the premises that make this lake easily accessible by wheelchair. Lifeguards are staffed here during peak hours of the summertime.

3. Echo Lake – Mount Desert

If you find yourself in breathtaking Acadia National Park, don’t miss a dip in Echo Lake! Nested into the “quiet” western side of Acadia on Mount Desert Island just off Route 102, you’ll find the parking lot for the picturesque Echo Lake. There is a shaded half-mile trail that gives you a scenic walk down to the beach, where you’ll be met with a wide sandy beach and crystal clear lake water. It’s known as one of the best swimming spots in Acadia National Park for it’s comfortable temperatures and safe depths!

4. Flagstaff Lake – Stratton

If you enjoy downhill or cross country skiing, you may have spent some time in the Sugarloaf area during the winter – but if you have never experienced it in the summer, you are in for a real treat! Flagstaff Lake in Stratton, Maine rests just below the Bigelow mountain range, giving this lake one of the best views of them all. You can spend hours frolicking in this cool, clear lake gazing at the Bigelows, and there are plenty of water-access camping options if you want to extend your stay.

5. Rangeley Lake – Rangeley

Rangeley Lake is one of the six largest lakes in the region, created from the Androscoggin watershed. Located in almost 900-acre Rangeley Lake State Park, make a long weekend of exploring the park! Our recommendation is to hike up stunning Bald Mountain to get a 360-degree view of the lake from above, and then treat yourself to a refreshing swim!

6. Moosehead Lake – Greenville

Moosehead Lake in Greenville is Maine’s largest lake! At over 30 miles long and 10 miles wide, it boasts 280 miles of sprawling shoreline for you to explore and swim to your heart’s content. Greenville is known as a central hub, where you can easily find lodging, restaurants and shops in addition to endless hiking trails, campsites and carriage roads for biking or walking. A trip up to Moosehead Lake is the ideal summer weekend getaway!

7. Webb Lake – Weld

Webb Lake is truly the star of the show at the iconic Mount Blue State Park in Weld, Maine. At about 5 miles long and more than 2,100 acres, this lake makes for a glorious day (or weekend!) of swimming. You can relax on the grassy promenade or sandy beach as you gaze at the dramatic view of Mount Blue in the background. There are also more than 100 campsites on the property, encompassed by wooded trails. 

Cumberland Crossing at OceanView

new pool at cumberland crossing

With all the wonderful advantages that come with the freedom of retirement, you want to make sure you live in the best possible place to enjoy it! Maine is the perfect place for active seniors looking to expand their horizons, enjoy serene nature and soak in each moment.

At Cumberland Crossing by OceanView, we are an active lifestyle retirement community for the 21st century! Located in Southern Maine, we are just a few minutes drive from Portland and centrally located to stunning lakes, forests, mountains, and the Atlantic. Our customizable solar-powered cottages offer maintenance-free living without the stress of homeownership, so you can spend more time doing what you love! Plus, for all you swimmers out there, residents at Cumberland Crossing will soon have direct access to our new 75-foot heated salt water pool, along with a hot tub!

To learn more about our community at Cumberland Crossing, please contact us today!