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Welcome to Frye’s Leap General Store & Cafe, located on Frye Island, a summer community on Maine’s Sebago Lake. We offer groceries, gifts, and casual waterfront dining to the residents of Frye Island and boaters at our restaurant on Sebago Lake. We also have free wifi! Please see our hours of operation below!
Legend goes that as Captain Frye was being chased, he came upon a massive rock with no escape, so he leaped off and swam across the channel—a deep and treacherous passage on Sebago Lake called The Gut—to safety. The cliff rises nearly eighty feet, guarding the island’s narrowest point and featuring ancient Native American pictographs. Today, faint traces of the paintings can still be found on the cliff’s surface: a wigwam and chief, a Native American girl, a wounded bear, a war dance, and a deer. That large rock is now known as Frye’s Leap.
Another tale tells that in the days when deep snow covered all the hills and ice never thawed from the streams, Manitou, The Mighty One, sent his son from his dwelling at the top of the distant mountains down to earth. The son’s breath warmed the land and mists rose until he could no longer see his mountain home. All at once, he felt himself falling through the air to a place beside the waters of Sebago Lake. Before the mists cleared enough for him to see his surroundings, he fell in love with the spirit of the lake—a beautiful girl. This was against the father’s wishes, and he changed his son into an unshapely mass of stone, binding him to the earth as a mass of granite. But, according to Native American beliefs, the Frye’s Leap cliff is actually the guardian of the lake, and its rocks can still have conversation with Mighty Manitou, whose voice is thunder and weapon is lightning.