Sebago Lake, ME
Lake Size: 30,513 Acres
Shoreline Length (Miles): 6.4 miles (10.3 km)
Deepest Depth: 316 feet (96 m)
Lake Level Above Sea Level: 267 ft (81 m)
Counties: Cumberland County
Cities: Sebago Lake Area
Information: The reservoir began as ordinance 141 of the Baltimore City Council in 1908, and the initial funding of $5,000,000 USD. The dam was constructed between 1912 and 1914 and when completed its crest was 188 feet (57 m) above mean sea level, and 51 feet (16 m) from the original valley floor. The dam consisted of 50,800 cubic yards (38,800 m3) of concrete and impounded 1.5 billion gallons. Seven miles of new roads were constructed as well as two new bridges. Additionally a 12-foot (3.7 m) wide tunnel was built at a length of 1,623 feet (495 m) from the upper to the lower dam, which connected with the main tunnel running seven miles (11 km) to Lake Montebello in Baltimore.
In 1938, Maine opened Sebago Lake State Park as one of its original five state parks. The area was a recreation center even before this. The park is now 1,400 acres (mostly forested), open year-round, and has facilities including two public boat launches and a 250-site campground.
Camp Wohelo on the lake is currently home to the University of Michigan's New England Literature Program, an experiential literature and writing program run through the university's Department of English Language and Literature which was started in the 1970s by professors Alan Howes and Walter Clark. Howes and Clark called upon Thoreauvian ideals of nature, independence and community to create an academic program modeled after Thoreau's experiment at Walden Pond. Today, students at NELP study Thoreau's work – as well as that of several other New England writers from the 19th and 20th centuries – in relative isolation.
Sebago Lake is in the portion of Maine that the Maine tourism industry refers to as the Western Lakes and Mountains Region.
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|Salmon, Smelt, Lake Trout, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, and Northern Pike.|
|Sebago Lake is the deepest and second largest lake in the U.S. state of Maine. The lake is 316 feet (96 m) deep at its deepest point, with a mean depth of 101 feet (31 m), covers about 45 square miles (117 km2) in surface area, has a length of 12 miles (19 km) and a shoreline length of 105 miles (169 km).|