Welcome to Belgrade, Maine
Belgrade resident Norma Blazer boasts it's “wonderful to wake up every morning in a place where other people go for vacation.” She’s right on both counts. Belgrade is an outstanding place to live. And, tens of thousands of people flock to the heart of the Belgrade Lakes region each summer to enjoy one of the seven bodies of water that make up the Belgrade chain. When the weather is warmest and the lush vegetation greenest, Belgrade’s population surges to nearly triple its normal 3,200 residents. Some seasonal residents stay or return in the fall for spectacular leaf-peeping around the lakes and in the panoramic hills.
The lakes, including Great Pond (the inspired setting for the play and movie On Golden Pond), are the main attraction. Their cool, clear waters offer endless opportunities for boating, swimming, fishing, waterskiing and paddling. Loon-watching is a popular pastime on the lakes, whose banks are crawling with critters great (moose), small (chipmunks), and majestic (bald eagles). Come winter, recreation upon the frozen waters turns to snowmobiling, ice fishing, ice skating and snowshoeing. Cross-country skiing and hunting are other winter favorites.
The Belgrade Lakes Village embodies quintessential New England charm, replete with quaint stores and comfortable gathering spots, including the new Village Green.Nestled among rustic woodlands and rolling hills, Belgrade Lakes Golf Club offers a breathtaking golfing experience. Ranked among the nation’s top public courses, the playing experience offers 18 memorable holes that meld country club-level service with authentic Maine accessibility. Belgrade is also conveniently located near two population centers. It sits just 10 miles northwest of Augusta, Maine's capital city and the seat of the state's government, and just 15 miles southeast of Waterville.
The Belgrade Lakes Region Business Group is another great resource for visitors and locals seeking information about local businesses.