Long Lake, Maine, USA

Welcome to the ultimate guide to Long Lake — things to do, where to stay, fun facts, history, stats and more. Let’s dive in!

Topics we cover in this article:

Looking for Long Lake cabins or other accommodations? Save time and use this interactive map to find, compare and book at the best rates. Or explore our comprehensive list of favorite travel partners.

All About Long Lake

Long Lake is part of the Sebago Lake Region, which includes nearby Panther Pond, Little Sebago, Thompson Lake, Coffee Pond, Brandy Pond, Moose Pond, Pleasant Lake, and Crescent Lake. The lake stretches approximately 11 miles among Naples, Maine and Harrison, Maine. The lake is 1 mile wide at some points with a maximum depth of 59 feet and an average depth of 25 feet. Some sources describe the lake as covering 4,867 acres and others as 5,295 acres. Topographical variations over time and the improved accuracy of satellite mapping may account for these differences.

Located north of the Naples Causeway, Long Lake is conveniently near the many recreational activities centered around the Causeway. Popular activities include seaplane rides, parasailing, windsurfing, and lake tours on the Songa River Queen. Marinas in Naples and Harrison offer boat rentals with the public dock in Naples located within walking distance of shops and restaurants.

Brandy Pond connects Long Lake to the north with Sebago Lake to the south via the Songa River Lock, so boaters have plenty of scenery to explore. The Songa Lock opened in 1830, part of the 27-lock Cumberland-Oxford Canal system that ran from Casco Bay to Sebago Lake. Originally constructed to transport commercial and industrial goods, the canals then transported passenger steam boats after railroads were constructed in the late 1800s. Today the Songa Lock is used for recreational boating and tourism. It is one of the last remaining hand-operated locks in the country. The gates at the Songa Lock serve as the dam for controlling water levels at Long Lake and Brandy Pond. Water levels rose six to seven feet in 1830 after construction was completed. The gates are opened every November and remain opened until the ice melts in the spring, lowering water levels about four feet.

Long Lake lends itself to many recreational activities, one of which is its great fishing. Anglers come to the lake for its excellent smallmouth bass fishing, which is said to be some of the best in the region with its average 2-4 pound catches. Largemouth bass also makes its home in the lake, averaging about 3 pounds, though you shouldn’t be surprised to hear stories of 8-pound victories. Also prevalent in Long Lake’s waters is landlocked salmon, which finds its way to the lake via narrow channels from West Grand and Big Lake. If you can make it to the lake in September/October, you can fish for salmon while you gaze at the spectacular fall foliage all around you.

The Maine scenery is breathtaking year-round and visitors should make the best of the seasons. The warmer months present you with gorgeous vistas of clear blue water and green foliage. The autumn months paint a palette of reds, oranges, yellows and browns across the landscape. In the winter, snow covers the land and provides stunning photo opportunities. Depending on your preferences and the seasons, these panoramas can be enjoyed from hiking trails, scenic overlooks accessible by car or by water in your canoe or kayak.

Things to Do at Long Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Hiking

Fish Species Found at Long Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Salmon
  • Smallmouth Bass
divider

Find Places to Stay at Long Lake

If you’re considering a Long Lake lake house rental or hotel, we’ve made it super easy to find the best rates and compare vacation accommodations at a glance. Save time using this interactive map below.

Recommended Sites to Book a Long Lake Vacation

If you want to take a deeper dive to find waterfront lake cabins, cottages, condos, hotels or resorts, check out our favorite Long Lake lodging partners.

  • VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
  • Booking.com – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, Booking.com connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
  • Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
  • Hotels.com – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, Hotels.com is an industry leader in online accommodations.
  • TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
  • Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
  • KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.
ALL TRAVEL RESOURCES

Note: These are affiliate links so we may earn a small commission if you book through them. While there is no extra cost to you, it helps provide resources to keep our site running (thank you)! You can read our full disclosure policy here.

Long Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

divider

Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

Water Level Control: Long Lake Water Level Committee

Surface Area: 4,867 acres

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 269 feet

Average Depth: 25 feet

Maximum Depth: 59 feet

Water Residence Time: 1.1 years

Drainage Area: 115 sq. miles

We strive to keep the information on LakeLubbers as accurate as possible. However, if you’ve found something in this article that needs updating, we’d certainly love to hear from you! Please fill out our Content Correction form.

Shop Long Lake Gifts

Custom Lake Tumblers

Captain / First Mate Custom 20 oz Tumbler

SHOP NOW
Custom Lake T Shirt

Personalized My Boat My Rules Unisex T-Shirt

SHOP NOW
Custom Lake Coffee Mug - On Lake Time

On Lake Time Custom Coffee Mug – 11oz or 15oz

SHOP NOW
VIEW ALL CUSTOM LAKE PRODUCTS

Advertise Your Long Lake Business or Vacation Rental

LakeLubbers will soon offer businesses the opportunity to advertise and homeowners and property managers the ability to showcase their vacation rentals to the thousands of lake lovers searching our site daily. If you would like additional details, please contact our advertising team.

divider

Looking for the Long Lake Forum?

LakeLubbers previously offered visitors the ability to create accounts and participate in lake forums. When we overhauled the site’s content management system in 2021 we had to disable those features. We’re evaluating options and welcome your comments and feedback here. We also encourage you to join our lake-lovin’ community on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!

Long Lake Photo Gallery

New photos coming soon!

Spread the word! Share our Long Lake article with your fellow Lake Lubbers!