Naples

The "heart" of the Lakes Region.

Naples Village is easily accessible on Route 302. At the eastern end of the Causeway, a swinging bridge spans Chute River, the shortest river in the area and the connection between Long Lake and Brandy Pond. Rides on the Songo River Queen Paddleboat, six campgrounds, several residential summer camps, an indoor swimming pool, library programs for all ages, a women's football league, the Naples Community Arena for ice skating and roller blading, a walking program at the high school, mail boat and seaplane rides, golf and a seasonal farmers' market are part of what make Naples unique.

Special events include a Winter Carnival, Memorial Day Parade, Maine Blues Festival, Classic Antique Wooden Boat Show, July 4th Parade and Fireworks, Naples Main Street at Christmas and several holiday craft fairs.

Home to about 3,300 people, Naples covers 36 square miles. Clubs and organizations include the Lions Club, Sebago Lake Anglers Association, Naples Historical Society and Naples Business Association. Songo Locks Elementary School meets the needs of students in grades K-3. For grades 4-5, the children attend Crooked River Elementary School in nearby Casco. They return to Naples to attend the regional middle, high and vocational schools. Restaurants, realty, specialty shops, a golf course, driving range, two miniature golf courses and arcades, batting cages, several marinas, excavation, construction, and tourism plus a variety of retail shops and service businesses provide work opportunities in Naples.

Playgrounds: Naples Municipal Building, Songo Locks Elementary School*
Beach: Naples Town Beach (residents only)
Picnic Areas: Village Green, Sebago Lake State Park (fee)
Boat Launches: Sebago Lake State Park (fee)
(Note: For Long Lake and Brandy Pond, use launches in Bridgton or Harrison)
FMI: www.townofnaples.org; town office: 207.693.6364

*Not available during school hours.

Holt Pond Nature Preserve Tucked away on a dirt road in Naples is Holt Pond Nature Preserve, "a magical place to explore . . ." The bog pond, Muddy River, beaver dams, a quaking bog, cattails, pitcher plants, a heron rookery and more await in this 500-acre preserve. A canoe is available for public use; bring your own paddles and PFD. Boardwalks make wet areas accessible. Trails are well-marked. Guided walks are offered throughout the year by Lakes Environmental Association or enjoy this place by yourself for quiet reflection.