Posted on March 27, 2017 and last updated on February 12, 2019

Sebago to the Sea, Section II, Otter Ponds Area, Standish


  • Preserve Size: 500 acres
  • Trail Mileage: ~13.5 miles in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: Sebago Lake, ponds, woods, fields

This 500-acre reserve offers a wonderful network of very well marked trails, about 13.5 all together, many of them groomed (by snowmobile, it seems) in the winter for nordic skiing. The little ponds are swimmable and stocked with trout.

This system connects to the long-distance Sebago to the Sea Trail and the Mountain Division Trail. I recommend you check out the lake-to-Windham section. Here’s more info from me.

You must fill out a permit to visit the land, but there is no fee. Dogs are allowed.

Directions: There are several places to park with kiosks. Each kiosk has permits and great trail maps. There is one off of Route 237, between Barstow Road and Route 35 (Chadbourne Road). There’s another off of Route 35, right before the train tracks. You can also pick up the trail at the Portland Water District offices at the intersections of Routes 237 and 35, or at the playing fields further up Route 35.

Let me know if you have any trail updates or corrections!