The Songo Lock System

Songo River Lock

Songo River Lock

In 1830 there were thirty locks connecting Long Lake with the Atlantic Ocean via the Cumberland and Oxford Canal. Water transport was a necessity to move the goods produced in the Lakes Region to awaiting boats and trains for distribution. Lumber and apples were ferried to Portland via flat-bottomed canal boats. During the Civil War explosives from Windham’s Oriental Powder Company were moved East via the canal. (The Oriental Powder Company produced twenty-five percent of the Union’s gunpowder.) The sole remaining lock on the Songo River connects Brandy Pond, named for a barrel of brandy lost during transport, and Sebago Lake. Pack a lunch, pack the boat with beverages and a float trip from Long Lake under the bridge in Naples via the old lock system to Sebago is an enjoyable day trip.

Upon reaching the locks, a six dollar fee will be collected by state employees. The locks are manually managed and one is transported down four feet from Brandy Pond to the Songo River in a matter of minutes. A short ride on the Songo brings one to Sebago Lake and the shores of the state park.

Songo River Lock

Manually Operated Bridge

Songo River

Exiting the Lock

Songo River

Fun on the Songo

Songo River

Enjoying the Ride

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