Thompson Lake, located just a one-hour drive northwest of Portland in Maine, is the largest of the 33 lakes in the area that have been popular tourist attractions for many years. This beautiful area is home to many natural wonders and some of the most attractive and desirable real estate in the region. In honor of that, let’s take a look at a few little-known facts about Thompson Lake that make it such a special part of Maine.
Excellent Water Quality
The Thompson Lake Environmental Association has been monitoring the health of this lake since 1971, and has consistently shown Thompson Lake as one of the 10 best lakes in Maine in terms of water quality. Fed by the Poland Spring Aquifer, one of the most pristine aquifers in the state, the water here is always crystal clear and clean, making it a fantastic place for good fishing and water recreation.
Depth and Size
The consistent depth of the lake is about 35 feet, making Thompson Lake a great location for all kinds of water sports, including canoeing, boating, swimming and fishing. Thompson Lake is also about 12 miles long and covers roughly 4,400 acres, meaning that there’s plenty of space to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Fun fact – According to the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, the deepest point in the lake is 121 feet, located about 0.4 miles south-southeast of Hayes Point!
Thompson Lake boasts many unique locations for its visitors to explore, including coves and islands, undeveloped sandy shorelines and steep rocky sections. The shores are also dotted with enormous boulders that were left behind by glaciers that help carve the lake, while camps on the shore also enjoy spectacular sunrises and sunsets all year long.
The lake also offers a number of fishing tournaments each year, and the area is known for spectacularly healthy fishing. In fact, Thompson Lake produced the current state-record smallmouth bass – 8 pounds! Thompson Lake is stocked with salmon and trout by The Main Inland Fisheries in the early spring and fall, so if you love to fish, this lake should be on your list.
The Heath is a small body of water that’s separate from the lake, located at the southern end. This secluded body of water is connected to Thompson Lake by a culvert, and has become an incredibly popular fishing spot for many locals and visitors. Motorized boats are not permitted on The Heath, making it an appealing fishery for those aboard kayaks and canoes, creating an even more peaceful and serene lake experience.
Perfect Weekend or Summer Home
The Thompson Lake area is known for its beautiful real estate, beyond just the myriad activities for you and your family to enjoy on the lake. With many local attractions and convenient access to and from larger cities of the state, this area is the perfect spot for your new primary residence or vacation home. Check out our properties page to see what’s available now!
Stay tuned for more updates on the Thompson Lake area from Terry Hewitt. If you are lucky enough to live by the water … you are lucky enough!