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Maine's Lakes and Ponds

A Comprehensive Guide to Maine Lakefront Real Estate

Maine Lakes
Owning a home along a tranquil lake is a dream that can become a reality in Maine.  When contemplating such things, a quote by Henry David Thoreau comes to mind:

"A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is the earth's eye, looking into which we measure the depth of our own nature."

As you use our waterfront real estate tools we hope you share in our poetic excitement when it comes to Maine's lakes. 

Tranquility awaits!


Unmatched Natural BeautyRaneley Lake

Maine's lakes are scatter throughout the state.  One of the biggest and most populated year round is Sebago Lake, only 40 minutes from Portland.

Others include Belgrade, Rangley, Great Pond and Moosehead.  However, there are nearly 6,000 that are larger than 1 acre and many of them include both season and permanent residences. 

Maine's beautiful lakes and ponds provide not only unmatched natural beauty, but easy access to all types of recreation, during all four seasons.


Many Real Estate Options

Belgrade LakeWhen it comes to Maine lakefront real estate, although it is not always prudent to generalize, properties tend to be less expensive the farther up the Maine coastline you go and the farther inland you go.

With more and more people, both in state and out-of-state willing to pay a premium for coastal or lakefront real estate, values seem to be steadily increasing, as you can see in our report on Historical Homes Sales.

Even during the 2008/2009 real estate decline period, waterfront homes have maintained their value.


Additional Lake Resources

Lakes of Maine (previously known as 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 initially created in collaboration between the University of Maine and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). You can access just about anything there is to know about any given lake or watershed.  Size, depth, location, fish species, plants are all available. The Knowledge Base includes the most current articles and scientific data.

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.


Lake Topics


Maine Lake Information

 Footer-Bird Lake Guide   Search All Maine Lakes
 Footer-Bird Data Library   General Information by Category
 Footer-Bird Lake Stewards   Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program
 Footer-Bird Environmental   Maine Department of Environmental Protection
 Footer-Bird Knowledge Base   Scientific Documents & Data for Gulf of Maine
 Footer-Bird Univ of Maine   Sustainable Solutions Initiative




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  Maine offers many opportunities to own lakefront property, whether as a year round home, rental property, vacation retreat or a simple camp.

Access Maine lake maps to assist you in identifying the location that is best for your home or lot purchase. These maps provide local information, general location and supporting data.

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