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Sebec Lake

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Views of Borestone Mountain from Sebec LakeThe Maine Writer

Another destination you should check out when you are in Maine is Sebec Lake, located in Piscataquis County. Maine has many lakes, and this is just one of our many beautiful lakes that offer camping and is a perfect spot for a summer vacation. Sebec Lake is about eleven miles long, covers 6,800 acres, and is located in the towns of Sebec, Dover-Foxcroft, Bowerbank, and Willimantic.

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Views of Borestone and Barren from the sandy beach at Peaks-Kenney State ParkThe Maine Writer

Peaks-Kenney State Park is located on the shores of Sebec Lake on State Park Road in the town of Dover-Foxcroft and offers a fifty-six-site campground. The park offers a great chance to enjoy all that the lake has to offer, even if you choose not to use the campground. The lake offers a sandy beach staffed by a lifeguard during the summer. The area's scenic beauty is also very enjoyable for a kayak or canoe ride. The fishermen will enjoy the fishing at Sebec Lake with species such as landlocked salmon, lake trout, and smallmouth bass, to name a few. There are picnic tables and barbeque grills available for your use, whether you are just visiting for the day or staying at the campsite. The park also has ten miles of hiking trails for you to explore, and canoe rentals are available.

Peaks-Kenny State Park is open from May 15 until October 1st, and the main entrance gate for camping is open from 7:00 AM until 10:00 PM. The day-use area of the park is open from 9:00 a.m. until sunset. During the off-season, you may still use the park by parking outside the gate and walking in during those hours. The lake is enjoyed for ice fishing and snowmobiling in the winter months. The area has plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing and birdwatching.

Some tips if you are planning on visiting from out of state and plan on camping while you are here. Maine has black flies and, of course, mosquitoes. As a Mainer, I can assure you that you do not want to be bitten by black flies if possible. Some of my tips include wearing long pants and sleeves when you are outside. Just like mosquitoes, black flies are attracted to darker colors, so you should consider wearing lighter colors like white and tan instead of black or blue. As for repellents, I prefer using natural repellents like pine extract or lavender essential oil. Both work well and are safe to spray on your neck if you choose not to wear a hat with a net. If you are unlucky and are bitten by black flies, make sure you wash the bites and do not scratch them, although they will be very itchy. I have found rubbing aloe vera on the bites helps. I'm sure some of my fellow Mainers that read this can also offer tips in the comments for how they treat black fly bites. Maine also has deer ticks, and you must make sure to check yourself and the kids, and especially your pets after you have been outside.

If you haven't visited Sebec Lake and Peak-Kenny State park yet you should consider looking into the location. Sebec Lake is only two and a half hours from Portland, Maine, and only about an hour and fifteen minutes from Bangor.

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