The Belgrade Lakes Region, peaceful, picturesque and welcoming, is Central Maine's premier lake area for recreation, relaxation, and wholesome family fun. It is famous for its sparkling scenic streams and chain of seven magnificent lakes, its panoramic views of fields, hills and woodlands, its inviting towns and villages, and its activities for all ages.
Area Information Belgrade Lakes Region - Maine
The Belgrade Lakes Region is one of Maine's premier communities and four-season vacation and recreational destinations. The area offers peaceful lakeside surroundings, superb fishing, as well as swimming, boating and hiking. A variety of shops, restaurants, and lodging choices await the weekend visitor, vacationer, or year round resident. With their many seasonal events, boat tours, golf courses, hikes, or easy trips to the scenic Maine coast and area mountains, the greater Belgrade Lakes area provides multitudes of opportunities for fun and recreation throughout the year.
While the greater Belgrade region includes the China Lakes area to the east and the Winthrop lakes area to the south, the actual Belgrade Lakes are usually defined by a chain of seven fresh water lakes ranging in size from 500 acres to 8,000 acres. All the lakes feature excellent fishing and boating and all have state maintained boat launches for easy accessibility. The seven lakes, in decending order of size, are:
Belgrade / Rome
Belgrade / Oakland / Sidney
Belgrade / Mt. Vernon / Rome
Mercer / Smithfield
Oakland / Smithfield
Oakland / Belgrade
The China Lakes area, located just east of Maine's capitol city of Augusta, is comprised primarily of four water bodies - China Lake (3939 acres/ 85' deep), Webber Pond (1233 acres/ 41' deep), Three Mile Pond (1174 acres/ 37' deep), and Togus Pond (674 acres/ 49' deep), and five towns - Augusta, Windsor, China, Vassalboro and Winslow.
To the south of the Belgrade Lakes and west of Augusta is the Winthrop Lakes region. Scattered amongst the towns and villages of West Gardiner, Manchester, Monmouth, Winthrop, Leeds, Wayne, Readfield and Fayette are a dozen lakes and ponds, the most prominent of which are Cobbosseecontee Lake (5236 acres), Androscoggin Lake (4020 acres), Maranacook Lake (1844 acres), Lake Annabessacook (1415 acres) and Echo Lake (1109 acres).
All of these areas are about 3½ hours from Boston with easy access to the Maine Turnpike.
Whether a destination for a vacation retreat, second home, or relocation, the greater Belgrade Lakes area offers something for all ages and seasons. The Greater Belgrade Lakes Area - where quality of life is the "Maine" attraction.
Additional Lake Resources
PEARL is supported through a collaboration of research, management, and citizen-volunteer organizations, and is a superb example of cooperative stewardship. It is a searchable data base for Maine lakes created in collaboration between the University of Maine and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
This resource will not only provide environmental information, but will be a place where you can search specific lakes by name and their exact location using interactive maps and tools. Visit The Maine Lake Authority for detailed Infomation.