A Guide to Spotting Moose

Where to Find a Moose in the Moosehead Lake Region

March 2, 2021 by Destination Moosehead, Photo credit to Northeast Whitewater and Julia Ladner

In the Moosehead Lake region, one of the most commonly asked questions that we are asked is “where can I see a moose?” Moose are not only our namesake, they are our pride & joy. Spring brings endless new ways to enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of our region, most notably, it marks the time when moose are most prolific and most visible. Besides being the namesake of our favorite lake, moose are incredibly unique and interesting creatures that become even more fascinating once you catch a glimpse! Have you seen a moose in the Moosehead Lake region? Post about it on your social media channels and tag us! @destinationmooseheadlake or #destinationmooseheadlake

Moose FAQs

What is the Average Moose Size?

The Maine state mammal’s size is both impressive and intimidating by any measure. A fully grown male moose, called a bull, can reach 6 ft. in height at the shoulder and can weigh upwards of 1400 lbs.

What Do Moose Eat?

They enjoy dining on aquatic plants in the summer months and tree bark, leaves and balsam fir in the cooler seasons. Moose must consume 9770 calories per day to maintain their body weight.

How Fast Are Moose?

While clumsy in appearance, moose are actually able to run at speeds of 35 mph and can swim over 10 miles at a time. 

Do all Moose Have Antlers? 

Only male moose grow antlers, which they shed in early winter and re-grow during the year. The main function of antlers is for display during the mating season. Shed hunting (searching for antlers that have been shed by their owners) is a popular activity.

How Big Are Moose Antlers?

Moose antlers can grow as big as six feet in length! (Imagine carrying that around on your head!) They can weigh up to 40 lbs. 

What Time of Day Are Moose Most Active?

Moose are crepuscular animals, meaning that they are most active at dawn and dusk. 

What Do Moose Tracks Look Like?

Moose have hooves! Moose hoof prints will measure about 5-7 inches long. Use your hand or foot for comparison! 

Are Moose Dangerous?

Moose are not generally aggressive creatures, but you should always use caution around them. Please keep your distance from these incredible creatures. There are certain times when moose can be more aggressive than others. For example, If you encounter a Momma Moose (called a cow), with a baby moose (called a calf), you might experience her protective behaviors. If a moose feels in danger, it will not tolerate the threat. It will charge and begin stomping with its hooves.

How Can I Tell if a Moose Has Been Here?

Keep a look out for rubbed trees, moose tracks, or moose droppings!  

  • Bull moose will rub their antlers against trees and other hard objects before they drop their antlers each year. If you see rubbed trees, you can be sure a moose has been there! 
  • Moose tracks measure 5-7” long, about the size of your hand.
  • Moose droppings, or scat, look like round pellets and they are usually in piles. You will very often see them on trails. 

Interesting Moose Facts

  • The flap of skin under a moose’s throat is called a bell.
  • Moose have no top front teeth.
  • The first law to protect moose was passed in 1930.
  • After their first calf, moose quite often have twins.
  • Moose can only see about 25 feet.
  • Moose can swim and will often submerge themselves in water.

Places to Look for Moose Around Moosehead Lake

In the Moosehead Lake Region, moose outnumber people 3 to 1.  If you’re lucky, you might spot one on the side of the road as you head into town for lunch or on your way to rent a canoe. If not, there are a few local hotspots that are almost guaranteed to offer a sighting!

  • Take a scenic drive to Kokadjo, a small community north of Greenville. Stay on Lily Bay Road for approximately 20 miles and keep your eyes open for moose along the way!
  • Head to Lazy Tom Bog, just past Kokadjo. This bog is a very popular hangout for local moose!
  • Make a day of your moose watching by driving to Rockwood, a town north of Greenville on Route 15, where you can ride over to Mt. Kineo aboard a boat shuttle for some hiking or exploring.
  • Turn left on Depot Street from Greenville Junction to Shirley. Go right in Shirley, through town onto the dirt road toward The Forks. Beware this road may not be passable during winter and spring.

Moose Spotting Tips

The best times of day to see moose are early in the morning or at dusk, while the best time of year is from mid-spring through late June. 

Moose prefer shady, wet areas such as bogs and marshes. 

After dark, moose are very hard to spot standing on the road high above vehicle headlights. Always remain alert when driving at night. A moose encounter can result in great damage to vehicles and passengers. 

Moose prefer solitude and deep woods cover in their habitat. Professional guide services offer unsurpassed access to the deepest woods territory to give you the best chance of spotting a moose!

Check out guest blogger Justin Smulski’s first hand account of major moose sightings on his trip to Moosehead Lake!

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