Relocating to the beautiful Western Maine Lakes & Mountains Region is a desire for many visitors. The Chamber office receives numerous inquiries each year from travelers who have fond memories of family vacations or of going to summer camp at the lake. Perhaps you have attended a lakeside wedding or family reunion or come on a business trip and fallen in love with the natural beauty and way of life in our corner of Maine.
There are many reasons why people love the Sebago Lakes Region. If you would like to know more about moving here as a permanent or seasonal resident, a good place to start is with the local town offices or realtors. We encourage you to call and get the facts you need to make an informed decision about which community you would like to call home.
Casco is located in the heart of the Sebago Lakes Region. With eight lakes and ponds, there are water activities for every interest, and recreational and business opportunities abound. Our year round population of 3,500 swells to 15,000 during the summer. when youth summer camps and family resorts are in full swing. Many families have made Casco their summer home for generations.
Visitors find Casco is a wonderful place to vacation, relax and shop. We boast a championship golf course, restaurants, a winery, and many antique and gift shops. Our town is also ideally located within an hour of the Southern Maine coast, L.L. Bean and Freeport outlet shopping, as well as New Hampshire’s White Mountain region with it’s many attractions.
CASCO DAYS is a unique event providing affordable family fun since 1935. Always the last Saturday in July, the fun now extends to Thursday and Friday evenings. Casco Days is sponsored by the Casco Fire Association with the help of over 200 volunteers who lend considerable time and effort in support of their community and the Casco Fire Department.
Five state highways and the Maine Turnpike intersect in Gray, which is why it’s known as the “Crossroads of Maine”. Gray provides easy access to amazing alpine skiing, beautiful beaches, Portland, Freeport, the White Mountains, Sebago Lake, and some of the most stunning countryside in New England.
More than 90% of Gray’s 46 square miles consist of pristine rural forestland and lakes, including Crystal Lake and Little Sebago Lake. This quintessential New England town is full of history and charm. With the Maine Wildlife Park, the picturesque Libby Hill Forest, hiking and cross country skiing trails, historic homes and buildings, and a superb golf course, Gray offers something for everyone!
Local marinas provide many watercraft options for fun on the water. Enjoy over 40 continuous miles of boating in the region starting either on Long Lake or Sebago Lake via Brandy Pond. Explore Sebago’s many coves and islands, tie up at a local restaurant, or fish to your heart’s content.
Whatever the season, Naples abounds with energy. Summer visitors, seasonal residents and campers look forward to the annual Blues Festival in June, the 4th of July parade and fireworks, community band concerts at the gazebo, novelty stores, antique shops and ice cream parlors. Fall brings leaf-peepers, hikers and nature lovers in search of brilliant foliage and clean, crisp air. For some, winter is best, with snowmobile rallies, ice fishing, and nearby skiing. If you’re looking for a place to make lasting memories, Naples is a great destination!
New Gloucester is located between the two largest metropolitan centers in Maine, Portland to the south and Lewiston-Auburn to the north. An easy commute via Interstate 95 in either direction brings the resident or visitor to a variety of entertainment options as well as numerous employment opportunities.
The town treasures its rural character yet seeks to blend its future growth with the traditions of its past. A prime example of this is the Shaker Community in the west and the Pineland business campus to the east. New Gloucester boasts more than 400 home businesses as well as several concentrations of more traditional businesses. With expansive views of the Intervale from the top of Gloucester Hill and the White Mountains from the Pineland Campus touring New Gloucester can be truly breath taking.
Raymond was founded in 1767 and was known as Raymondtown. It consisted of what is now Raymond, Casco and part of Naples. Raymond is distinguished by it’s physical attributes such as Frye’s Leap and “The Images” on Sebago Lake, Rattlesnake Mountain, it’s shoreline on Sebago Lake and several lakes and ponds within its borders.
Summer visitors will appreciate Tassel Top Park on Sebago Lake’s Jordan Bay, It is state owned and town operated and is across Route 302 from Raymond Shopping Center. There is a nominal fee for entrance. An additional boat access point and beach on Route 302 is owned by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and operated by the town. The boat launch facility is available free of charge on a first come first served basis. Winter visitors enjoy miles of snowmobile trails maintained by the Raymond Rattlers Snowmobile Club.
Raymond, though a small community, provides visitors and residents with a full array of services. While the town has many small businesses to support the day-to-day needs of the residents, it also had larger businesses which build luxury sail and motor boats; design, engineer, and manufacture broadcast antennas for DTV and NTSC (UHF and VHF), and FM antennas. Many people have chosen Raymond as their second home. Sixty-four miles of beautiful lakefront is a major attraction to those who want to get away for a while but still desire the conveniences offered by a full-service community.
Sebago is a quiet and friendly town on the western shore of Sebago Lake. It is a perfect spot to vacation, visit, and to live and raise a family. About 1,500 permanent residents live here amid the rural beauty of about 50 square miles of mountains. lakes and ponds.
A local attraction, Douglas Mountain, is a popular hike with rewarding views from the stone tower at the summit. In the summer the town’s population swells to nearly 5,000 as we welcome seasonal residents, campers, and visitors. Sebago residents are proud of their history and treasure their quality of life. Whether you live here year-round, are a seasonal resident or a visitor, we invite you to enjoy all that Sebago has to offer.
Located 16 miles from Portland at the southern tip of Sebago Lake, Standish is one of the geographically largest communities in Maine. Over the past decade Standish has been the fastest growing municipality in the region and is a rapidly emerging suburb of the Greater Portland area.
What is now the Town of Standish was originally surveyed and granted to Captain Pearson about 1750 for services rendered in the siege of Louisburg. Initially named Pearsontown, the town was renamed Standish upon incorporation on November 30, 1785 in honor of Miles Standish.
The town has four population centers; Steep Falls on the Saco River, Standish Village in the center of the town, Sebago Lake Village at the southern end of Sebago Lake, and the Whites Bridge area on the southeast shore, home to St. Joseph’s College. There are numerous sites in town that are on the national Historic Preservation Register.
Portland Water Districts’s Ozone Treatment Plant is located in Standish. The town provides the source water from Sebago Lake for Greater Portland communities.
Windham is the largest town in the Sebago Lake Region and represents the diversity and character expected of a community 10 miles west of Maine’s largest city. Four neighborhoods (South, North, East and Center) are all unique in that within the town limits one can find a quaint village, a bustling commercial center, rolling hills, and homes from yesteryear.
North Windham is a major population center with over 250 businesses and 1,500 homes within a three square mile area. The gateway to the Sebago Lake region and the White Mountains boasts a combination of small business as well as national firms for local and seasonal customers.
The town has undertaken deliberate initiatives to encourage responsible growth management and economic development activity. The availability of raw land, proximity to Portland, and local work ethic are assets that have proven attractive to growing companies.