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Sebago Lake Land Reserve is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Standish, Maine that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.8 mi Elevation gain 150 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Cross country skiing

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The 1,700 acre Sebago Lake Land Reserve is a managed forest intended to protect Sebago Lake, our local drinking water supply. Sebago Lake provides drinking water to 200,000 people in the greater Portland region. Many features of the Land Reserve, sharp elevation changes in particular, were shaped by glacial movement 13,000 years ago. The steep slope that runs between Bobcat Trail and Horsetail Trail is called a kame slope and was formed by glacial deposits. This stark contrast in elevation results in markedly different plant communities. A maze of springs, streams, and wetlands borders the Horsetail Trail, which can be found at the bottom of the kame slope. A comparison of plant communities between the bottom and the top of the kame slope may reveal the hidden story of soil and hydrology underfoot. The Otter Ponds are a testament to previous glacial activity and are a type of kettlehole depression. Kettlehole depressions were formed from glacial ice that became trapped in layers of sand and gravel that, once melted, left rounded, steep-sided depressions. The Otter Ponds (the collection of Half Moon Pond, Otter Ponds, and Snake Pond) are spring-fed ponds known as kettlehole lakes. These ponds are a popular destination for brook trout, largemouth bass, pickerel, and hornpout anglers and are accessible along Mallard Trail. The Otter Ponds are bordered by a set of trails that provide contrasting settings of a predominantly dense White Pine tree community along the Acadia Loop and the sun flecked Oak-dominated tree community along the Snake View and Pond View Trails. Sightings of cicadas, Great Blue Herons, Belted Kingfishers, Cedar Waxwings, snakes, several butterfly and moth species, and frogs near the Otter Ponds add to the appeal of these trails. The Otter Ponds are not the only place to spot wildlife. Vernal pools and their amphibian inhabitants are scattered throughout the land reserve. These seasonally filled pools assist in reducing erosion and polluted runoff by holding water from spring rains and slowly releasing it back into the ground. Additionally, vernal pools provide a safe habitat for breeding amphibians that rely on fishless waterbodies to lay their eggs. Several species, including the spotted salamander, blue spotted salamander, wood frog, and fairy shrimp, all rely on vernal pools exclusively to raise their broods. The animals that call these unique habitats home are food for many other animals like the Barred Owl, raccoons, foxes, and hawks. The Wetland Loop offers excellent views of such a habitat and is the perfect length for children.

Large parking area with port-a-potties at trail kiosk off Rt 35.

Portland Water District 207-774-5961 sebagolake@pwd.org 225 Douglass Street PO Box 3553 Portland, ME 04104-3553

Located at the southern end of Sebago Lake in Standish on Rt 35 just north of the intersection with Rt 114.

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Andrew Carney
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Devin Harrington
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Hiking

awesome trail - thanks to covid the YMCA camp is unused so its prime time to get through! the permit box is taped off so don't worry about that.

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Michael Hallett
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Very pleasant this time of year. Just starting to get bugs. Confusing trails. Lots of horse poop on the road/ trail. Dog poop in bags and some trash. Playground and field is well kept as are tennis/ pickleball courts. Bring a pole and a worm and catch a bass or a trout :)

Jessica Dziondziak
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Rob Campbell
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Running

Great location for trail running and hiking. The recording currently loaded isn't actually 2.8 miles. It's very zig-zaggy and if you walk straight it ends up being about 1.2 miles. Pet friendly area, highly recommend exploring the trail system. We recorded a 6 mile circuit a few weeks ago. Look for it and load it into your recorder if interested. Planning to make a half marathon circuit here in the near future.

Rob Campbell
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Running

Great trail system for easy hiking and trail running. We ran 6 miles (download our recording for the 6 mile trail run) and it was wonderful. Highly recommend running here. Minimal elevation change and well maintained. Playground at the YMCA parking lot. Pet friendly!

Diana James
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Jeff Armington
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Hiking

Very simple. Nice if local. Don’t travel far for it

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Michela Desjardins
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Katherine van Hengel
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Hiking

Kinda boring. Mixed use trail. Trash scattered throughout. Confusing route.

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Robert Nagi
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Hiking

Easy trail with some nice quiet scenery. Not a lot of elevation changes and wide trails. No bugs during my hike,

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Sean Ward
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Great walking, beautiful view of the lakes. Lots and lots of bugs.

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C k
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Hiking

First time on this and I loved it. I made up my own loop and took a map. Signs are very clearly posted from what I saw. The only negative was an enormous amount of horse manure scattered all over the place, but even that is easy to see and avoid. I'll be going back soon.

Shannon Jackson
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Hiking

nice trail but hard to follow. not well marked. lots of other trails that interconnected. nice scenery!

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Capt. Lyman Stuart
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Walking

There is a new parking lot on Rte 35 between Rte 237 and the railroad track. Fox Run is just a few yards behind the lot.

Robert Reacher
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Been on this trail what's with the map. Trail is nothing like the map. An yes we live in Maine but that still doesn't give you the right to just let your kids walk back alone in this trail......

Deanne Belkin
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Hiking

Also mixed feelings about these trails/area in general for hiking. There are a lot of opportunities to explore, but the area was a little confusing at first. I started on a trail that went downhill behind a kiosk, it led to some railroad tracks and I pretty much made it up from there! Some trails venture off from that area, but I didn't get a chance to check them out. The railroad track trail led to the YMCA Otter Pond Campgrounds. It was a nice adventure, good place for fishing and exploring with kids and dogs. Don't forget to fill out a land use permit!

Ariel Brawn
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Walking

I love bringing my dog to this trail for walks. Unfortunately, not all dog owners keep their dogs on a leash. We only had a close call once, most other dogs are good when off their leash. They have been doing a lot of work lately in creating new trails, their is plenty of tree coverage in the summer and nice wide trails.

Heather S
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I have mixed feelings about these trails. They are wide, well maintained, and available for a variety of activities. They aren't particularly picturesque though as there has been a lot of equipment in clearing areas out. It is possible to hear traffic as well from the busy roads surrounding it. If you like to listen to music, this won't be a problem. Also, the wetlands boardwalk is currently being repaired so you will be unable to use it.

J Barnes
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I attended Otter Pond camp as a kid so its fun to visit now. Easy trails. Fun to bike in from Westbrook along the Sebago to Sea trail too.

Nancy Waye
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Walking

perfect place for a bike ride...next time! new cuttings of big pines and trail work where equipment has been. benches placed about as well. very nice to have this intricate trail system to enjoy.

Karen H.
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Hiking

Very well marked network of trails. Some trails are more like roads which, to me, is less appealing. Road noise and ongoing nearby semiautomatic gunshots diminished the experience of communing with nature. When you arrive you need to fill out a permit form at the kiosk. Trail starts by going downhill behind kiosk and following the tracks down toward your left. From there you'll start to see trail signs.

Jenn Manning
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You could wander all day on these trails. Beautifully kept, they meander through the woods and surprise you with sudden gems like vernal ponds and so many critters and birds. Trails are well maintained and marked. Trail map is clear and easy to read. Best part is it's right around the corner from my house :)

Capt. Lyman Stuart
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Hiking

This is a well defined, well marked series of trails. Easy walking with occasional benches for breaks. Good for all seasons and all trail activities.

Neil Dockery
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Aaron Mace
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Aaron Mace
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Nick Parshall
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