The state of Maine delights with its serene lakes, thick woodland and diverse wildlife species. Together, a Sea Ray SDX and a GMC vehicle provide the all-access pass.
Fewer areas in the United States boast the remoteness that Maine does. Despite its proximity to the bustling cities of the East Coast, Maine quickly becomes a quiet, forest-laden wonderland with just a few hours’ drive inland. Between the heavy flora and rugged mountains, you’ll discover deep, wide and pristinely clear lakes that offer everything from watersports to bird watching. Head out in a GMC® Yukon® Denali® with an SDX 240 in tow, and behold the state known as much for its pine trees and moose population as its coastline and lobster.
Before heading off the beaten path, stop by Port Harbor Marine in South Portland to take care of any needs you may have. When you’re ready to hit the road, drive about 45 minutes northwest to Sebago Lake. The state’s second largest lake, Sebago boasts 105 miles of shoreline and depths of up to 316 feet deep, carved by Ice Age glaciers. Launch from one of the lake’s two public boat launches and pick your activity of choice. Fishermen can cast a line for trout, largemouth bass, walleye and landlocked salmon, while adventurers can ski or wakeboard with views of the surrounding Sebago Lake State Park. When you’ve had your fill of time on the water, get your blood pumping with a hike or bike ride through the surrounding trails, and spend the night at the park’s 250-site campground.
Head northeast to Flagstaff Lake, a 20,300-acre reservoir imbued with history. In 1950, the Long Falls Dam impounded the Dead River to enlarge the original Flagstaff Lake to a much larger body of water that could produce hydropower electricity. The new waters overtook the townships of Flagstaff, Bigelow, Dead River and Carrying Place, submerging their buildings, signs and everyday possessions (which hikers have stumbled upon in the years since). Today, you can access the lake through six boat launches, and float over the underwater ghost towns. Hike part of the Appalachian Trail and set up camp amid the heady red pines. For more on the area’s unusual history, visit the Dead River Area Historical Society, which displays a collection of memorabilia from the townships’ past.
Moosehead Lake, the state’s largest, consists of hundreds of miles of shoreline and more than 300 islands that allow for privacy and solitude, despite the lake’s popularity. Several public launches provide easy access, and a handful of resorts and restaurants maintain docking. Keep an eye out for an array of birds—including rare species like the boreal chickadee and the black-backed woodpecker—as well as black bear, foxes, otters and the lake’s namesake moose. Hire a guide for excellent fishing, or bike the surrounding trails. The display of wildlife and breathtaking vistas will make it hard to leave, and thanks to the lake’s lack of a mooring law, you won’t have to. Drop anchor to watch the sunset and stay until the stars appear.
Continue even farther northeast to get a taste of the beauty that inspired Henry David Thoreau’s book The Maine Woods. Chesuncook Lake, which was formed by the damming of the West Branch Penobscot River, boasts 25,183 uninhabited acres. An hour’s drive from the nearest town, Chesuncook Lake affords peace and quiet, without sacrificing access. Use the lake’s public boat launch on the south end to cruise the lake and take in views of Mount Katahdin, the endpoint of the Appalachian Trail, which towers in the distance. Then take a deep breath and revel in the feeling of true remoteness.
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