Sebec Lake, Maine, USA
Also known as: Lake Sebec
Welcome to the ultimate guide for history, statistics, local fun facts and the best things to do at Sebec Lake.
If you’re considering Sebec Lake vacation rentals, we’ve made it super easy to explore accommodations and nearby hotels using the interactive map below. Simply click on a listing to compare similar properties, best rates and availability for your dates. Or keep scrolling to read our Sebec Lake guide!
Sebec Lake visitor and community guide
Located in central Maine’s Piscataquis River Valley, Sebec Lake is surrounded by a land of recreational opportunity. Whether you come to relax in New England’s rural countryside or accept the challenge of the Appalachian Trail, Sebec Lake has it all. Boating, fishing, hiking, hunting, canoeing, scenic drives and wildlife viewing are among the many activities found in the Maine Highlands region that surrounds Sebec Lake.
A scenic 45-mile drive northwest of Bangor takes you to the rolling hills and wooded shoreline of Lake Sebec. The 11-mile long lake is formed on the Sebec River by the Sebec Dam. Twice a year Sebec Lake’s water level is lowered from its average depth of 42 feet to encourage the salmon spawning. While Bangor Hydro-Electric Company owns the Sebec dam, Ampersand Sebec Lake Hydro, owner of the Sebec Hydro Project, manages the water level.
More than 800 properties are tucked among the trees surrounding Sebec Lake. Whether you select a lakeside or countryside vacation rental, the lake will provide the perfect home away from home. Here you can wake to fresh mountain air, plan your daytime excursions, and relax to the calling of loons at the end of a perfect day. Visitor needs are served by the quaint communities of Dover-Foxcroft, Bowerbank, Milo, Willimantic and Sebec. And, if you’d like to vacation for life, these towns also offer varying real estate and property options. Within easy distance you have access to hunting and fishing outfitters, hiking guides, museums, antique shops and restaurants.
Peaks-Kenny State Park is near the community of Dover-Foxcroft. Here you will find 813 acres offering campsites, picnic areas, restrooms, showers, a bathhouse and beach. Several public parks and ramps can be found along Sebec Lake’s shoreline, concentrated in the communities of Dover-Foxcroft, Sebec and the village of Sebec Lake. The Milo Public Boat Landing provides access to Sebec Lake from the Sebec River. Launch your boat and ride past the islands and coves leading into the lake; pause to enjoy herons, beavers and loons; or cast a line for the river’s pickerel, bass, yellow perch, trout, and salmon.
Maine’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department places Sebec Lake in Region E (Moosehead Region). They state that the pristine waters of Sebec Lake are one of the original homes of landlocked salmon in Maine. Stocked lake trout can also be found along with smallmouth bass and white perch.
The dramatic view that spans Sebec Lake’s horizon includes Mount Katahdin. At 5,267 feet, it is Maine’s highest mountain and the end of the Appalachian Trail. To the north of Sebec Lake is Borestone Mountain. Here you can hike the trails of the 1,640-acre Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary or visit their interpretive nature center. Located within the shadows of the mountains are Moosehead Lake, Maine’s largest lake, and Baxter State Park, where you can enjoy hiking, climbing and camping.
Whether you choose to canoe, kayak, bike, hike or drive into Sebec Lake’s countryside, the scenery is spectacular. Not to be missed are the nineteenth-century Katahdin Iron Works State Historic Site and two National Natural Landmarks. The first is Gulf Hagas, a 3.5-mile long gorge that is part of the Appalachian Trail. In contrast to the rugged bedrock of the gorge, “The Hermitage” holds 35 acres of Maine’s oldest white pines and is protected by the Nature Conservancy.
Summer is not the only busy season at Sebec Lake. When “leaf peepers” arrive to view the spectacular color around Lake Sebec, thoughts turn to camping, hiking and the chance to hunt. Among the wildlife to be found in the forests or game preserves are black bear, moose, deer, elk and game birds. During the winter, Sebec Lake residents can expect to see temperatures approach zero with area snowfalls averaging 85 inches annually. This is the season for ice fishing, snowmobiles, skis, snowshoes and dogsleds. No matter the season or choice of recreation, a stay at Sebec Lake will place you central to it all.
Custom Sebec Lake house decor
Read our full review of these personalized lake house signs.
Things to do at Sebec Lake
- Vacation Rentals
- Ice Fishing
- Wildlife Viewing
- State Park
Fish species found at Sebec Lake
- Black Bass
- Lake Trout
- Smallmouth Bass
- White Perch
- Yellow Perch
Best hotels and vacation rentals at Sebec Lake
The Sebec Lake map shown above is a simple and stress-free way to search for trip accommodations. But if you want to take a deeper dive to find the ideal waterfront home, cabin, condo, hotel or resort, visit our favorite lodging partners by clicking the buttons below.
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.
Sebec Lake photo gallery
New photos coming soon!
Sebec Lake statistics & helpful links
Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed
Water Level Control: Ampersand Sebec Lake Hydro
Surface Area: 6,803 acres
Shoreline Length: 53 miles
Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 323 feet
Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 320 feet
Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 325 feet
Average Depth: 42 feet
Maximum Depth: 155 feet
Water Volume: 283,337 acre-feet
Drainage Area: 327 sq. miles
Trophic State: Oligotrophic
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.
Advertise your Sebec Lake vacation rental
LakeLubbers will soon offer homeowners and property managers the opportunity to to showcase their vacation rentals to the thousands of lake lovers searching our site daily for accommodations. If you’d like additional details, please contact our advertising team here.
Looking for the Sebec 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.
Spread the word! Share our Sebec Lake article with your fellow Lake Lubbers!