Province Lake, Maine & New Hampshire, USA
Welcome to the ultimate guide to Province Lake — things to do, where to stay, fun facts, history, stats and more. Let’s dive in!
Topics we cover in this article:
- All About Province Lake
- Things to Do
- Fish Species
- Where to Stay
- Vacation Planning Tools
- Province Lake Map
- Statistics / Weather / Helpful Links
- Shop Province Lake Gifts
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All About Province Lake
A quick swish and the golf club slices through the air sending the ball down the green along Province Lake. The lake, covering almost a thousand acres, is in the Lakes region of New Hampshire and extends into the Lakes and Mountains region of Maine. People have been coming to play golf on the lake’s shore since the early 1900’s and to enjoy the fish-filled waters for much longer than that. With its exceptionally clean water and beautiful countryside, the lake has something to please the entire family.
Province Lake extends almost a mile and three quarters long by just under a mile and a half wide and is slightly over five miles around. It is in Carroll County on the New Hampshire side of the lake and covers a small piece of northern York County in Maine. There is a boat ramp and public beach for town residents on the New Hampshire side of the lake. With 968 acres of water, Province Lake is a popular recreation lake with more than enough room for boating, water skiing, paddling and swimming.
With a maximum depth of 17 feet and an average depth of only nine feet, Province Lake is warm water fishery. It is classified as mesotrophic or moderately fertile and has healthy populations of yellow perch, horned pout, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. The lake has not been invaded by milfoil or other exotic weeds, and the Province Lake Association works to protect and monitor the lake’s water quality. Loons, eagles and great blue herons all make their home at the lake.
Province Lake is less than two hours from Boston in the towns of Effingham and Wakefield, New Hampshire and Parsonsfield, Maine. The Leavitts of Hampton settled Effingham in 1749, and the town was called Leavittstown until it was incorporated in 1778. At that point, it is believed that Governor Wentworth changed the name to Effingham to honor his relatives, the Howard family, also the Earls of Effingham. Wakefield was established a few years later in 1774.
Vacation rentals and cottages are scattered on the shores of Province Lake. For visitors who wish to extend their stay, there is real estate available for sale on the lake and in the surrounding communities. All three towns have a variety of accommodations, shops and restaurants including some on the water, and any amenities a visitor might need are easily accessible from the lake. The Pine River State Forest is northwest of Province Lake, providing opportunities for wildlife viewing in a pine and oak forest interspersed with wetlands. Visitors enjoy hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing over trails and roads on relatively easy terrain.
Golf with lakefront views, fish-filled waters and more than enough room for water recreation make Province Lake an unforgettable destination. Tucked away in the Lakes region of New Hampshire and the Lakes and Mountains region of Maine, Province Lake is sure to please the entire family. Its proximity to Boston and the seacoast of Maine makes it an ideal place for an unforgettable vacation to relax and rejuvenate.
Things to Do at Province Lake
- Vacation Rentals
- Water Skiing
- Cross-Country Skiing
- Wildlife Viewing
- State Forest
Fish Species Found at Province Lake
- Black Bass
- Largemouth Bass
- Smallmouth Bass
- Yellow Perch
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Recommended Sites to Book a Province Lake Vacation
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- 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.
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Province Lake Statistics & Helpful Links
Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed
Surface Area: 968 acres
Shoreline Length: 5 miles
Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 480 feet
Average Depth: 9 feet
Maximum Depth: 17 feet
Trophic State: Oligotrophic
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