As the weather warms up and summer arrives, you might start dreaming of the perfect vacation. What’s not to love about a lake trip in the picturesque state of Maine? Look forward to a variety of outdoor activities including swimming, boating, fishing, and so much more. Book a stay at a Maine vacation rental for your upcoming getaway. That said, check out the top lakes in Maine.

1. Moosehead Lake

moosehead lake in autumn
Source: Flickr/Amy Meredith

Moosehead Lake is the state’s largest lake and sits close to Northwest Piscataquis. The lake has 80 islands and Mount Kineo rises in the background. Spend your days hiking and fishing or rent a boat from Wilsons on Moosehead Lake for an afternoon or a couple of days. In the winter months, go cross-country skiing or snowmobiling. With moose outnumbering people in the area, you can catch sight of them in many places. Enjoy some time on land with an afternoon at Mount Kineo Golf Course with nine holes and amazing scenery.

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2. Flagstaff Lake

kayaking at flagstaff lake
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Bordered by the Bigelow Mountain Range, Flagstaff Lake sits close to two counties, Somerset and Franklin. This is a popular lake for boaters with six public launches to get your boat out on the water and features the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a scenic water trail that runs through several states. Spend an afternoon out on the water with Flagstaff Lake Scenic Boat Tours that shows you the best-hidden spots. The Maine Wildlife Park is a great spot to spend an afternoon, and kids love seeing all the animals in this quaint zoological park.

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3. Sebago Lake

sunrise at sebago lake
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In Cumberland County, Sebago Lake sits in the southern part of the state and is its second largest lake. This lake is home to several small beaches, making it a popular destination for families. Frye Island in the lake has some gorgeous waterfront homes, where you can find a vacation rental with breath-taking views in every direction. Seacoast Fun Parks has something for every member of your family from a sky swing to mini golf. Sitting in the middle of a white birch forest, the 18 holes of the Point Sebago Golf Course have amazing scenery.

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4. Mooselookmeguntic Lake

mooselookmeguntic lake
Source: Flickr/Doug Kerr

Franklin county is home to Mooselookmeguntic Lake, which means ‘moose feeding place’, which means you can expect to see a few of these massive animals as you explore the extensive shoreline. When you want to spend a day hiking, hop in the car for the short drive to the Appalachian Trail that runs from Maine to Gerogia – don’t worry! Just hike a couple of miles and then return to the comfort of your vacation rental. In the evening stop by Moose Alley for arcade games, live music, billards, and ice cream. River to Ridge Guide Service can take your family to the best fishing spots to catch trout, perch, and salmon.

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5. Cobbosseecontee Lake

a tranquil lake
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Islands, coves, and inlets are the stars of Cobbosseecontee Lake in Kennebec County. Leave the kids at the vacation rental and enjoy a romantic lunch in the shade of the Ladies Delight Light. This lighthouse is the only active inland lighthouse in the state. This lake is a popular spot for bass fisherman, and it’s known to have some of the largest catches in the country. Take a break from the water, and let your kids experience history in a new way at the Fort Western Living History Museum that takes people back to the 1700s. On the way back, stop by Frosty’s for a dozen donuts in some wild flavors.

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6. East Grand Lake

east grand lake
Source: Flickr/Alfred Crabtree

Close to the Canadian border, East Grand Lake expands through two counties, including Washington and Aroostook. This lake is well-known for its fishing opportunities. Bring your gear, and you might catch lake trout, smallmouth bass, salmon, and white and yellow perch. When you don’t feel like cooking at your vacation rental, take the family to First Settlers Lodge for dinner at its restaurant. Rent a boat from Greenland Cove Cabins for an afternoon exploring the water.

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7. Megunticook Lake

megunticook lake
Source: Flickr/Fyn Kynd

While staying on Megunticook Lake, make sure to visit the east side of the lake to catch sight of the stunning cliffs. This lake sits in Knox County, and it’s a hot spot for locals and tourists. Barrett’s Cove Beach is a great place to toss down a blanket to sunbathe while the kids splash in the water. In the winter months, hit the slopes at nearby Camden Snow Bowl. Spend a day out on the water in canoes with Mike Kinney Maine Guide leading the way.

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8. China Lake

autumn at china lake in maine
Source: Flickr/Anna McDermott

Northeast of Augusta, China Lake sits in Kennebec County. This popular lake features an unusual shape and many quaint cottages around the shoreline. Launch your boat from one of the two public ramps or opt to waste away the day in the sun on one of the beach areas. Numerous hiking trails around the lake make this a popular area for snowmobiling in the winter months. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon on the lake when you rent paddleboats from the Landing in China. Greg’s Place is the spot for a quick dinner of your favorite comfort foods.

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9. Nahmakanta Lake

view of nahmakanta lake from nesuntabunt mountain
Source: Flickr/John Hayes

Surrounded by mountains and the North Maine Woods, Nahmakanta Lake is a great place to relax and chill out with your family in Piscataquis County. Much of the shoreline is free of structures and buildings so look for a vacation rental within easy driving distance to spend your days exploring the lake by canoe or walking one of the trails. Enjoy a pie at Angelo’s Pizza Grille or opt for a sit-down meal at Scootic In Restaurant.

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10. Webb Lake

view of bubble mountains by the lake
Source: Flickr/Drew Tarvin

Mount Blue State Park is the biggest draw around Webb Lake in Franklin County. Find a vacation rental that puts you equal distance between the park and the lake to spend your days boating, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding. If you’re faced with a rainy day, take the family to the Phillips Historical Society to learn about the local history. Skip cooking and take the family to Calzolaio Pasta Co. for a gourmet pizza or pasta dish.

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