Migis Lodge began life in 1916 as National Camps. A main lodge and 7 cabins named for various states were built by Charles Goodridge, who owned several steamboats of the Songo River Line, a fleet that, among other tasks, provided the final leg for travelers coming by rail from Boston. From its beginnings, National Camps/Migis Lodge was a full American plan destination; rates were per person per day and included housekeeping and all meals.
In 1924 the camps were purchased by Luther and Charlotte Gulick, founders of the Campfire Girls and the nearby Wohelo Camps for girls. Their daughter Charlotte assumed leadership and changed the name to Migis Lodge, Migis being the Abenaki word for “Place to Steal Away to Rest”. Buildings and activities were added through the years to supplement the excellent fishing and lakeside meals. The Gulicks sold to Sherman and Mabel Crockett in 1945 who operated it until 1968 with their son George. They built Stone’s Throw, the Cove cottages, Pinetops, Cobblestone, Daybreak, Topside and Ridge…and Boulders…and introduced waterskiing and many other activities.
Gene and Grace Porta, innkeepers who had operated resorts on Martha’s Vineyard, bought Migis in 1968. Along came careful expansion of accommodations, Monday night cocktail parties, Tykona lake cruises, expanded activities for children and families alike, a new kitchen and boat basin. In 1978, Tim and Joan Porta assumed leadership, and only recently passed the torch to their youngest child Jed, Migis’ third generation Porta, who has since been leading a devoted and able staff.
Migis has now celebrated its 100th birthday, the 35 cottages and 8 lodge rooms and Main Lodge still gracing the 125 acres of lakefront Sebago Lake property with its glorious sunsets and pristine waters. We look forward to welcoming you as you join a century of appreciative travelers.