The search for Moosehead’s most famous resident -the moose- is on, and yes, they are bigger than you thought they would be! Maine is one of the few states with a thriving moose population, and in the Moosehead Lake Region, the moose outnumber people three to one!
That being said, you’ve got to know where you look if you want to spot a moose. Our registered Maine guides can help with that. There are plenty of moose safaris to book in the area, where the guides will take you to secluded ponds where moose feed, undisturbed, on vegetation. Would you rather spot a moose on your own? Stop by the visitor center for advice on where and when to go looking. Prepare to be wowed when you find one of these majestic creatures in their natural habitat!
A few fun moose facts:
- The flap of skin under the moose’s throat is called a bell.
- Moose have no top front teeth.
- After the first calf, moose quite often have twins.
- Moose can only see about 25 feet.
- In the Moosehead Lake Region, moose out number people three to one.
- The first law to protect moose was passed in 1930.
- 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 mating season.
- Moose are crepuscular, meaning they are most active during dawn and dusk.
Tips for moose watching:
- The best times to see moose are early in the morning or around dusk.
- The best time of year to see a moose is in May and June.
- Moose prefer shady, wet areas such as bogs and marshes.
- Always be aware when you are driving after dark and be alert for any moose in the road.
Some local moose “hangouts”:
- 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!
- If you’ve gotten to Kokadjo and still haven’t had your fill of moose sightings, 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.
- Take Route 15 South and look for moose between the upper and lower Shirley turn-offs in the bog area.
- Book a Moose Safari with any of our Guide Services. They know where the moose like to hang out and when to see them; some even offer a guaranteed sighting!