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South-China is part of the China Lake region that includes the villages of China, South China, Weeks Mills and Branch Mills. The region also contains three main bodies of water; China Lake, Three Mile Pond and Branch Pond. All are located in Kennebec County within a 54-square-mile area that has a total population of around 4,000. Rolling hills, picturesque farms and crystal clear lakes and streams surround the small towns and villages of Kennebec County. It's a convenient area of the state in which to base a vacation, situated about halfway between the coast and the capital city of Augusta. Of the three main bodies of water in the South China area, China Lake is the largest with 3,832 acres and a maximum depth of 85 feet. It's well known for its' salmon fishing, and also has small mouth bass and white perch. Other outdoor sports in the area include swimming, boating, hiking, biking and golf. An interesting landmark in South China is the "Indian Heart Rock,"or "Sacred Heart" as locals sometimes call it. The heart is carved at the base of a boulder that lies on the shore of the lake in South China. Legend has it that an Indian carved it into the stone after a thunderstorm destroyed the original paper heart that was used for the tribe's religious devotions. Penobscot Bay, which has been rated as one of the top ten sailing bays in the world, is just minutes from South China and the China Lakes Region.

Surrounding areas: China Lake, Maine (4.2 mi), Palermo, Maine (4.9 mi), Windsor, Maine (5.9 mi), Somerville, Maine (7.2 mi), Sidney, Maine (7.9 mi), Augusta, Maine (10.8 mi), Liberty, Maine (13.3 mi)

South China Vacation Rentals

South China Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Holiday Inn Waterville375 Uppr Main StWaterville, ME11.2 mi.(207) 873-0111
Hampton Inn425 Kennedy Memorial DrWaterville, ME11.5 mi.(207) 873-0400
Holiday Inn110 Community DrAugusta, ME11.6 mi.(207) 622-4751
Econo Lodge455 Kennedy Memorial DrWaterville, ME11.6 mi.(207) 872-5577
Comfort Inn281 Civic CTR DrAugusta, ME11.9 mi.(207) 623-1000
Comfort Inn & Suites332 Main StWaterville, ME12.1 mi.(207) 873-2777
Best Western Waterville Inn356 Main StWaterville, ME12.5 mi.(207) 873-3335
Best Inn65 Whitten RdAugusta, ME13.2 mi.(207) 622-3776
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites390 Western AveAugusta, ME13.2 mi.(207) 622-6371
Motel 618 Edison DrAugusta, ME13.3 mi.(207) 622-6000
Norridgewock Colonial Inn15 Upper Main StNorridgewock, ME24.7 mi.(207) 634-3470
Belmont MotelSkowhegan, ME26.6 mi.(207) 474-8315
Belfast Harbor Inn91 Searsport Ave Rt 1Belfast, ME27.9 mi.(207) 338-2740
Comfort Inn Ocean's EdgeRR 5 Box 5290Belfast, ME27.9 mi.(207) 338-2090
Gull MotelRR 5 Box 5377Belfast, ME27.9 mi.(207) 338-4030
Black Horse InnUS Rt 1 - Atlantic HwyCamden, ME28.1 mi.(207) 236-6800
Blackberry Inn82 Elm StCamden, ME28.1 mi.(207) 236-6060
Camden Riverhouse Hotel & Inns11 Tannery LnCamden, ME28.1 mi.(207) 236-0500
Lodge At Camden HillsCamden, ME28.1 mi.(207) 236-8478
MT Battie MotelRR 3 Box 570Lincolnville, ME28.9 mi.(207) 236-3870
Hampton Inn & Suites - Rockland Maine190 New County RdThomaston, ME29.2 mi.(207) 594-6644
Bed & Breakfast
Maple Hill Farm B&B InnRR 1 Box 1145 Outlet Rd HallowellAugusta, ME11.9 mi.(800) 622-2708
Lakeshore Inn Bed & Breakfast184 Lakeview DrRockland, ME29.0 mi.(207) 594-4209

South China 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 4.09 in. 38°F
February 31°F 7°F 2.86 in. 36°F
March 41°F 19°F 4.57 in. 38°F
April 53°F 30°F 3.48 in. 43°F
May 66°F 41°F 3.72 in. 49°F
June 75°F 51°F 4.34 in. 55°F
July 80°F 57°F 2.88 in. 59°F
August 78°F 55°F 2.71 in. 62°F
September 70°F 46°F 3.96 in. 57°F
October 58°F 35°F 3.74 in. 54°F
November 45°F 26°F 4.49 in. 52°F
December 33°F 13°F 3.95 in. 44°F

South China Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Waterville Robert Lafleur airport (WVL) located about 10 miles northwest of South China in Waterville, Maine, the Augusta State airport (AUG) located approximately 12 miles west of South China in Augusta, Maine, the Knox County Regional airport (RKD) located roughly 32 miles southeast of South China in Rockland, Maine, the Auburn Lewiston Municipal airport (LEW) located around 42 miles southwest of South China in Auburn / Lewiston, Maine, the Bangor International airport (BGR) located about 46 miles northeast of South China in Bangor, Maine, the Hancock County Bar Harbor airport (BHB) located approximately 59 miles east of South China in Bar Harbor, Maine, and finally the Portland International Jetport airport (PWM) located roughly 63 miles southwest of South China in Portland, Maine.

South China Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Palace PlaylandOld Orchard BeachME72.8 mi.
Funtown Splashtown U.S.A.SacoME75.5 mi.
Story LandGlenNH82.2 mi.
Water Parks
Odyssey Water ParkTrentonME59.4 mi.
Aquaboggan Water SlideSacoME75.5 mi.
Water CountryPortsmouthNH109.1 mi.
Golf Courses
Natanis Golf CourseVassalboroME6.1 mi.
Western View Golf ClubAugustaME10.8 mi.
Pine Ridge Municipal Golf CenterWatervilleME11.1 mi.
Waterville Country ClubOaklandME12.4 mi.
Kennebec Heights Country ClubFarmingdaleME14.6 mi.
Belgrade Lakes Golf ClubBelgrade LakesME16.5 mi.
Lakeview Golf CourseBurnhamME21.7 mi.
Country View Golf ClubBrooksME24.7 mi.
Meadows Golf ClubLitchfieldME24.9 mi.
Cobbossee Colony GolfMonmouthME25.5 mi.
Springbrook Golf ClubLeedsME27.9 mi.
Goose River Golf ClubRockportME28.9 mi.
Johnson W Parks Golf CoursePittsfieldME28.9 mi.
Sandy River Golf CourseFarmington FallsME29.0 mi.
Ski Areas
Camden SnowbowlCamdenME28.1 mi.
Sugarloaf USAKingfieldME48.3 mi.
Black MountainRumfordME49.5 mi.
Mount AbramLocke MillsME55.8 mi.
Sunday RiverBethelME60.2 mi.
Shawnee PeakBridgtonME61.2 mi.
SaddlebackRangeleyME65.8 mi.
Big SquawGreenvilleME73.5 mi.
Wildcat MountainJacksonNH81.5 mi.
Balsams WildernessDixville NotchNH91.4 mi.
Bretton WoodsTwin MountainNH97.6 mi.
Waterville ValleyWaterville ValleyNH100.4 mi.
Loon MountainLincolnNH106.7 mi.
Cannon MountainFranconiaNH108.3 mi.
GunstockGilfordNH108.5 mi.
State Parks
Lake Saint George State ParkME10.9 mi. 
Damariscotta Lake State ParkME15.4 mi. 
Peacock Beach State ParkME21.9 mi. 
Tacoma Lakes State ParkME21.9 mi. 
Camden Hills State ParkME27.9 mi. 
Fort Edgecomb State ParkME28.3 mi. 
Moose Point State ParkME31.3 mi. 
Owls Head State ParkME33.7 mi. 
Fort Point State ParkME37.9 mi. 
L.C. Bates MuseumHinckleyME20.3 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Farnsworth Art MuseumRocklandME30.5 mi.(Art)

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