When you think of spending summers at a lake in Maine, it might include an early morning in a canoe on the calm water. With a paddle in hand, you could be gliding through the quiet water just off the shore. If luck is with, you could spot a beautiful loon swimming nearby or hear it’s haunting call in the morning mist. Others might think of the lakes as a source of adventure with plenty of lakeside happenings both on and off the water.
My husband and I spend our summers in Naples, Maine which is a quaint summer community of small cottages, large homes and campgrounds on Long Lake. As you enter town along the causeway, the lake is on one side with the mountains off in the background. This is where you can rent a jet ski or a pontoon boat to explore the eleven mile long lake or perhaps take a water skiing lesson. There are several causal restaurants and ice cream stands, a few shops, an arcade and a miniature golf course. A couple of miles away there is a regular golf course.
An annual event in town is the Antique Classic Wooden Boat and Car Show. The beautiful wooden boats docked at the town pier are true works of art. Parked on the causeway in front of the boats, there are classic cars with their owners standing by to tell you how they have lovingly restored their vehicles.
If you would like a better look at the lake and the beautiful hills and mountains surrounding it, you can take a seaplane ride with the Naples Air Flying Service.
We love watching the seaplane as it takes off and lands right off our dock.
People spend most of their time in or on the lake. Many of the homeowners have a small private beach on their property for sunning and swimming. (I do more sunning as I think the water is cold until late summer but I am in the minority.) There is also a town beach for residents.
Boating is the main sport with jet skiing almost as popular. The largest watercraft on our lake is the Songo River Queen II, a stern drive paddle wheel replica riverboat. It passes by our dock many times during the day…often with the seaplane flying nearby.
It doesn’t matter if you have a super fast boat that could compete in a Miami to Nassau race, a classic wooden boat or a small Hobie Cat…you will see these boats on our eleven mile lake having fun on the water.
Sitting on our dock with a cocktail or at one of the restaurants in town can be very entertaining just watching others enjoy life on the water. Maybe it is not quite what you imagined lake happenings to be. On our lake in Maine, you can do as little or as much as you like but one thing is certain…you will have a nice time.