Sebago Lake State Park
Address: 11 Park Access Rd, Casco ME 04055
Time from Boston: 2 hours, 38 minutes (130 miles)
Camping at Sebago Lake State Park
Searching for a scenic, away-from-the-city camping experience? If you’re willing to drive a couple hours, you can find it at Maine’s Sebago Lake State Park, one of the original five Maine state parks.
While Sebago Lake State Park is roughly the same distance from Boston as Bradbury Mountain State Park, the trip to Sebago is longer because the campground is located on the north side of the lake, so you’ll have to essentially drive around the lake to get there.
In terms of camping options Sebago Lake pretty much has it all. Tent sites, RV sites, sites with electric hookups, sites without electric hookups, sites on the lake, sites back near the forest, reservable sites, walk-up sites. See the campground map for more detailed info on all 250 of its sites. There are dumping stations, showers, and playgrounds in the park.
Unlike Bradbury Mountain, pets are not allowed in the Sebago Lake campground. And remember that alcohol is prohibited in all Maine state parks, so guzzle your booze elsewhere.
You can collect firewood from the forest itself, but visitors are urged not to damage existing vegetation. Collect only dead and fallen branches if you need a marshmallow-roasting stick.
Sebago Lake is the second-largest lake in Maine and the deepest (with a max depth of 317 feet). It has a healthy supply of landlocked salmon and 1500 acres of territory for hiking, fishing, boating, and other watersports. For 2015, camping season runs from May 18 to September 13. Reservations can be made online, though I find their online system to be unnecessarily complicated and frustrating.