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China-Lake is a 54 square mile area in central Maine located along Highway 37 near the town of Winslow. The China Lakes region consists of four villages; China, South China, Weeks Mills and Branch Mills. It also has three bodies of water, which are China Lake, Three-Mile Pond and Branch Pond. This is an exceptionally tranquil area of Maine with rolling hills, picturesque farms, crystal clear lakes, ponds and streams, and bustling small towns. A bit of folklore is the "Indian Heart Rock," or "Sacred Heart," that is carved near the base of a boulder on the shore in South China. Legend has it that an Indian carved the heart into the stone out of the tribes religious devotions so that it would last through the ages. Fishing is excellent in the China Lakes region where you can fish for landlocked salmon, small mouth bass and white perch. The nearby town of Winthrop has 12 lakes and ponds within its boundaries and is another favorite among fishermen and vacationers. Other outdoor fun besides fishing is swimming, hiking, biking, picnicking, antiqueing, and sightseeing along Maine's historic, picturesque country roads. A number of children's summer camps are located among the many small lakes in the China Lakes region. Centrally located between the capital city of Augusta and the villages along Maine's midcoast region, China Lakes has become a favorite draw for people of all ages.

Surrounding areas: South China, Maine (4.2 mi), Sidney, Maine (6.6 mi), Palermo, Maine (7.2 mi), Windsor, Maine (9.8 mi), Somerville, Maine (11.4 mi), Augusta, Maine (11.8 mi), Belgrade Lakes, Maine (13.3 mi)

China Lake Vacation Rentals

China Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Holiday Inn Waterville375 Uppr Main StWaterville, ME7.0 mi.(207) 873-0111
Econo Lodge455 Kennedy Memorial DrWaterville, ME7.3 mi.(207) 872-5577
Hampton Inn425 Kennedy Memorial DrWaterville, ME7.3 mi.(207) 873-0400
Comfort Inn & Suites332 Main StWaterville, ME7.9 mi.(207) 873-2777
Best Western Waterville Inn356 Main StWaterville, ME8.3 mi.(207) 873-3335
Holiday Inn110 Community DrAugusta, ME11.9 mi.(207) 622-4751
Comfort Inn281 Civic CTR DrAugusta, ME13.0 mi.(207) 623-1000
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites390 Western AveAugusta, ME13.9 mi.(207) 622-6371
Motel 618 Edison DrAugusta, ME13.9 mi.(207) 622-6000
Best Inn65 Whitten RdAugusta, ME14.0 mi.(207) 622-3776
Norridgewock Colonial Inn15 Upper Main StNorridgewock, ME20.4 mi.(207) 634-3470
Belmont MotelSkowhegan, ME22.4 mi.(207) 474-8315
Belfast Harbor Inn91 Searsport Ave Rt 1Belfast, ME29.6 mi.(207) 338-2740
Comfort Inn Ocean's EdgeRR 5 Box 5290Belfast, ME29.6 mi.(207) 338-2090
Gull MotelRR 5 Box 5377Belfast, ME29.6 mi.(207) 338-4030
Bed & Breakfast
Maple Hill Farm B&B InnRR 1 Box 1145 Outlet Rd HallowellAugusta, ME13.0 mi.(800) 622-2708

China Lake Weather & Climate

The south-central portion of Maine, just north of Augusta, has four delightful seasons with spectacular foliage in the autumn months. The overall climate is moderate with summer daytime temperatures in the 70s and low 80s, and cool nights. Winters are cold but usually not frigid. Spring and autumn are mild during the day, with crisp, cool nights. The really cold weather begins arriving around the end of November with January and February generally having the lowest temperatures. Below zero temperatures are possible, but not the norm. Accumulating snow is a possibility into March and early April, but the warmer days of spring generally means it melts fast. Rain can occur anytime of the year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 28°F 5°F 3.33 in. 38°F
February 31°F 7°F 2.41 in. 36°F
March 41°F 19°F 3.63 in. 38°F
April 53°F 30°F 3.39 in. 43°F
May 66°F 41°F 3.70 in. 49°F
June 75°F 51°F 3.76 in. 55°F
July 80°F 57°F 3.59 in. 59°F
August 78°F 55°F 3.37 in. 62°F
September 70°F 46°F 3.78 in. 57°F
October 58°F 35°F 3.90 in. 54°F
November 45°F 26°F 3.59 in. 52°F
December 33°F 13°F 3.19 in. 44°F

China Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Waterville Robert Lafleur airport (WVL) located about 6 miles northwest of China Lake in Waterville, Maine, the Augusta State airport (AUG) located approximately 13 miles southwest of China Lake in Augusta, Maine, the Knox County Regional airport (RKD) located roughly 36 miles southeast of China Lake in Rockland, Maine, the Auburn Lewiston Municipal airport (LEW) located around 43 miles southwest of China Lake in Auburn / Lewiston, Maine, the Bangor International airport (BGR) located about 45 miles northeast of China Lake in Bangor, Maine, the Hancock County Bar Harbor airport (BHB) located approximately 61 miles east of China Lake in Bar Harbor, Maine, and finally the Portland International Jetport airport (PWM) located roughly 65 miles southwest of China Lake in Portland, Maine.

China Lake Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Palace PlaylandOld Orchard BeachME75.1 mi.
Funtown Splashtown U.S.A.SacoME77.8 mi.
Story LandGlenNH81.5 mi.
Water Parks
Odyssey Water ParkTrentonME61.0 mi.
Aquaboggan Water SlideSacoME77.8 mi.
Water CountryPortsmouthNH111.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Natanis Golf CourseVassalboroME3.1 mi.
Pine Ridge Municipal Golf CenterWatervilleME6.9 mi.
Waterville Country ClubOaklandME8.3 mi.
Western View Golf ClubAugustaME11.8 mi.
Belgrade Lakes Golf ClubBelgrade LakesME13.3 mi.
Kennebec Heights Country ClubFarmingdaleME16.7 mi.
Lakeview Golf CourseBurnhamME18.9 mi.
Country View Golf ClubBrooksME24.9 mi.
Sandy River Golf CourseFarmington FallsME25.6 mi.
Johnson W Parks Golf CoursePittsfieldME25.9 mi.
Cobbossee Colony GolfMonmouthME26.2 mi.
Meadows Golf ClubLitchfieldME26.4 mi.
Springbrook Golf ClubLeedsME27.4 mi.
Lakewood Golf CourseMadisonME27.6 mi.
Palmyra Golf CoursePalmyraME29.6 mi.
Ski Areas
Camden SnowbowlCamdenME31.6 mi.
Sugarloaf USAKingfieldME44.2 mi.
Black MountainRumfordME47.1 mi.
Mount AbramLocke MillsME54.2 mi.
Sunday RiverBethelME58.5 mi.
Shawnee PeakBridgtonME61.3 mi.
SaddlebackRangeleyME62.1 mi.
Big SquawGreenvilleME69.6 mi.
Wildcat MountainJacksonNH80.7 mi.
Balsams WildernessDixville NotchNH88.4 mi.
Bretton WoodsTwin MountainNH96.3 mi.
Waterville ValleyWaterville ValleyNH100.0 mi.
Loon MountainLincolnNH105.9 mi.
Cannon MountainFranconiaNH107.0 mi.
GunstockGilfordNH109.2 mi.
State Parks
Lake Saint George State ParkME13.2 mi. 
Damariscotta Lake State ParkME19.7 mi. 
Tacoma Lakes State ParkME23.1 mi. 
Peacock Beach State ParkME24.1 mi. 
Camden Hills State ParkME30.9 mi. 
Fort Edgecomb State ParkME32.0 mi. 
Moose Point State ParkME32.9 mi. 
Owls Head State ParkME37.6 mi. 
Fort Point State ParkME39.3 mi. 
L.C. Bates MuseumHinckleyME16.2 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Farnsworth Art MuseumRocklandME34.4 mi.(Art)

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