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Water Sports

Water Sports

Crescent Lake

Truly breathtaking! Campers and staff enjoy the warm waters of Crescent Lake. Our shore is gradual sloping with a sandy beach and sandy bottom. You can walk out to the end of the docks look down into 8-10 feet of water and still see bottom. The maximum depth to the lake is 54 feet. Surface temperatures average 79* F. Crescent Lake connects with Panther Pond, which then feeds into Sebago Lake. The Tenny River links Crescent to Panther and it is navigable. A weekly highlight is Sunday night campfire down on the shore when the sun sets directly in front of us behind the mountain.

Our Fleet includes:

  • Six American Day Sailors (four-man sailboats with mainsail & jib)
  • Four JY racing boats
  • Ten windsurfers
  • Sixteen canoes
  • Two War canoes
  • Eleven SUP boards
  • Numerous kayaks and rowboats
  • Three high performance waterski boats
  • Three Chase boats for the sailing department
  • A 29′ pontoon fishing boat, water walkers, banana boats and more
  • Campers also enjoy the experience of Log Rolling

Campers are required to pass the Nashoba “boaters” test prior to participating in boating. The boaters test consists of a 1/4 mile (not timed) swim, two minutes of treading water, one minute of survival float, a surface dive and a front dive. To assure safety, all campers and staff must wear personal flotation devices when on the water. Swimming lessons are required through Level V (swimmers level) of the American Red Cross System. Advanced courses are offered to all campers.


Our 21 foot Malibu ski boat is known for its superb towing ability with adjustable wedge design, tower, board rack and 320 h.p. engine. Boarders thoroughly enjoyed “The Bu” as it is fondly named.


Our Glastron Bowrider, a 18.5 foot boat, versatile for all abilities and wonderful for personalize teaching from the stern. Furthermore, the lake is rated by Waterski Magazine as one of the top lakes to ski on in Maine.


Our Bowrider is always up for the task for pulling 1st time and experienced tubers around Crescent Lake. Tubers can ride solo or with a partner. The thrill of skimming across the water is a once in a life time experience.


Crescent Lake is a great place to learn how to sail. The lake enjoys consistent wind and our campers are able to learn all of basics in our fleet of American Day Sailors and JY Racing boats. For the more advanced sailor, Nashoba North regularly competes in regattas with other camps on Crescent Lake.


For windsurfers, Nashoba North has 10 boards aof varying sizes so that all campers have the opportunity to learn and enjoy this great sport.


Fishermen enjoy the space aboard our 29 foot Pontoon boat. Crescent Lake has excellent water quality for warm water fisheries management. Extensive gravel shoreline, structure as rock piles and weed beds, and an ample forage base provide excellent habitat for bass and pickerel. Crescent consistently produces some of the best bass fishing in southern Maine! Some of our fishes include: landlocked salmon, rainbow smelt, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, white perch, yellow perch, pumpkinseed sunfish and lots more.


Campers begin learning the fundamentals of kayaking on Crescent Lake with a focus on safety and fun. Paddling skills are developed through lessons and lots of great kayaking games. Once the basics are mastered, experienced kayakers can hit the waves on one of our kayak surfing trips or work on their whitewater skills on one of the many exciting rivers in the area.

Campers can also enjoy a fun and challenging game of “kayak polo” – a great way to help develop paddling skills.


Canoeing has been a long part of our rich history at camp. The Sebago lake region offers endless opportunity for day and overnight canoe trips. You can set out after breakfast and not return until dinner all while staying on Crescent Lake.

The J stroke and the Draw stroke are keys to success for every canoer.

War Canoe Class “Sounds like fun doesn’t it?” You and 10 of your friends can enjoy team paddling in our two beautifully restored 25 foot 1965 Old Town canvas canoes. Evening paddles are great fun for cabins.


Stand Up Paddle Boarding, or SUPs for short, has proved immensely popular since it was introduced here at Nashoba. We have five boards for each class as well as one for a member of our qualified team of instructors. Whether it be cruising around our beautiful Crescent Lake or taking part in an inter camp SUP race this activity is fun for everybody!