5 Best Places to Go On the Water Near Bath, ME

Jon Fesmire | December 15, 2021 @ 12:00 AM

With all the rivers around Bath, Maine, there are a lot of brilliant spots to go boating on the water. We’re bringing you other sites as well to give you options while you’re in the area. These spots are wonderful places to take a vacation or a weekend trip.


Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site

Forty-five minutes from Bath in New Harbor is Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site, a wonderful place to learn about the indigenous people of mid-coastal Maine. There’s so much to do here, from visiting the local museum, which is a reproduction of a typical fisherman’s home of the time, to visiting the various forts. Take an interpretive tour to learn about the people who used to live here while you enjoy the frontier settlement, one of the first in the New England area. In fact, it dates back to the 1620s. It also includes Fort William Henry, a big fort with a roof telescope that lets you see much more of the area than you could visit, including the local waters.

There’s also a dock where you can go dining and fishing. People also love to hang out on the beaches. Motorized boating and kayaking are also activities to take part in while here.


Range Pond State Park

Range Ponds State Park is a gorgeous area open from 9:00 a.m. to sunset most of the year in Portland, Maine.

There’s so much to do here including relaxing on the beach, fishing, and hunting. In the winter, you can go cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling, and you can always keep an eye out for local wildlife. Yes, hunting is also permitted depending on the season and your license.

There are plenty of water activities, too, on the still waters of the lake. These include boating, canoeing, fishing, and swimming. This site is 50 minutes from Bath.


Lake St. George State Park

One hour northeast of Bath is Lake St. George State Park in Liberty, Maine. Here, you can enjoy motorized boating, canoeing, and fishing for salmon and brook trout on the 1,017-acre lake. This is also a wonderful place to take your family camping. The campsites are on the shoreline on the northwest shore.

Watch the sunrise over the lake in the morning, and keep an eye out for the loons. These are often considered a Canadian bird, but we get them in Maine, too, and at Lake St. George, you can listen to them in the evening.

The beach has a lifeguard on duty, and there are nearby picnic tables with barbeque grills for day or evening use. In the day-use area, the campground has volleyball, basketball, a sandbox, and swings. Other activities you can enjoy in the area include, depending on the season, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, swimming, hunting, and hiking.


Sebago Lake State Park

An hour’s drive west of Bath, near the White Mountains, you’ll find Sebago Lake State Park in Casco, Maine, a 1,400-acre park with woodlands, beaches, a river, and ponds.

This is one of the earliest U.S. state parks, and it opened in 1938. The forested area has hiking on marked trails, and cycling on park roads. During the winter you’ll have fun cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the snowy wonderland.

On the lake, you can enjoy boating, canoeing, and fishing. The campground has food service, a group picnic shelter, a playground, RV hookups, an RV dump station, showers, and more.


Eagle Island State Historic Site

In Harpswell, Maine, just 30 minutes from Bath, is Eagle Island State Historic Site, a fun place to enjoy lots of water and land activities. Admiral Robert Peary purchased this island in 1881 for $200.

As the name states, this is a historic site where you can visit the home of Admiral Robert Peary, an early explorer of the North Pole. His summer home provides magnificent views of Casco Bay. 

Since this is an island, you can get panoramic views of the ocean. The island lacks modern machines so that visitors can get as true an early 20th-century experience as possible.

Besides visiting the historic home, visitors can go boating, kayaking, and fishing. You can relax on the beaches as well and check out the local wildlife. Overall, this makes a fun day trip.

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