Moosehead Lake is a destination for photographers across Maine and New England. There are many reasons why people flock to the Moosehead Lake area to capture epic, one-of-a-kind, lifetime bucket list photos! We answer a lot of questions in the Visitor’s Center regarding where to get the best images, so we’ve put together a reference guide for photographers, both professional, and amateur. The best thing about our area is that you don’t need to be a pro to capture incredibly beautiful images. You can adventure out and use your cellphone for many opportunities! There are so many places to capture photography in the Moosehead Lake area. This reference guide will help you plan your photography adventures.
The Best Places to Take Bird & Wildlife Photos
Moosehead Lake offers opportunities to capture wildlife photos such as moose, eagles, loons, deer, and more. One of our locals’ favorite places to capture loon photos and even spot some nesting loons is at Shirley Pond. It’s easily accessed by the ATV trail that runs parallel. To access it, take Upper Shirley Corner Road and a left by Dovetail Bats!
Borestone Mountain, in addition to offering great views, is an Audubon Sanctuary near the southern end of Maine’s “100-Mile Wilderness” forest. It’s a great place to hike through old forest and pondside trails to see dozens of species of birds and wildlife in vastly undisturbed natural habitats. Want to learn more about some of the best bird watching opportunities in the Moosehead Lake region? Check out this blog post or the mainebirdingtrail.com
Have moose on the mind? Lazy Tom Bog is a famous hangout for our region’s namesake and is known for offering great photo ops! Be sure to check out our Guide to Spotting Moose for all the tips from the best time of day to look for a moose to how to tell if one has been in the area recently. You may end up getting some gorgeous shots like our guest blogger Justin Smulski did on his Weekend Moose Watching Tour!
The Best Places to Take Sunset Photos
Blair Hill Inn is a well-known vantage point from which many guests capture stunning sunset shots! It’s common to see cars pulled over on Lily Bay Road to capture photos of the sunset across the ridge.
The Birches, on the Western shore of Moosehead, offers remote lodging options to set you up for sunset success, as well as ample stunning views from their main camps, front porch, dock, and all around the grounds. The options are endless!
Would you rather a road trip? Take a ride to Kokadjo to capture the sunset from the roadside! You can frame your photo in an endless amount of ways as views wrap around in every direction — and all are equally breathtaking.
The Best Places to Take Photos From the Lake
Water reflects and amplifies beauty in a way that nothing else can, making it a fantastic tool for amateur and pro photographers alike. Leverage the lake by taking a boat ride with your camera! We recommend hopping on the Mount Kineo shuttle for views of the island. To get a magic shot of Mount Kineo, consider renting a canoe or other private watercraft to drift across the water at your own pace. A particularly good angle is that from Lily Bay State Park’s beaches!
The Best Places to Take Photos From the Air
One of the freshest perspectives to the human eye is that from above. For amazing aerial shots, we recommend enlisting the help of Currier’s Flying Service or Jack’s Air Service for a scenic flight or seaplane ride. You can choose from a selection of routes highlighting local landmarks below, both on land and on water. The remaining fall foliage looks particularly captivating from above and lends itself to one-of-a-kind seasonal shots!
The Best Places to Take Photos from a Mountaintop
Some of the most sweeping views in the area come from mountain tops. The region has plenty of peaks to choose from, but a select few are top notch for capturing through the viewfinder.
- Mount Kineo – At the summit stands a tower originally used for spotting fires, and still offers 360-degree views of all the region has to offer. Most days you’ll be able to see Katahdin clearly — though it’s 60 miles away — and as a bonus, the hike to the top is easy to moderate!
- Borestone – One of Maine’s most popular hikes, Borestone Mountain offers two peaks, both with 360* views. There are multiple trails to the top, and by the end, you’ll have gained 2,000 feet in altitude. Even Sunrise Pond (located near the Visitor’s Center) is a picturesque setting great for a photoshoot!
- Eagle Rock – One of the best-kept secrets of hiking near Moosehead is that from the top of Eagle Rock, you can see 360 degree views of the surrounding areas, which feature Mount Katahdin, Sugarloaf Mountain, and the 100 Mile Wilderness section of the Appalachian Trail! It’s an amazing place to pause, soak in the scenery, snap frame some stunning photographs and reflect on the progress of your hike for the day.
The Best Places for Astrophotography
One of the great things about the Moosehead Lake area is that its void of light pollution. You can see the stars from basically anywhere, but our top picks are Lily Bay State Park, Wilsons on Moosehead, and Appalachian Mountain Club’s property Mediwisla. Check our list of partners online to find a great place to stay!
The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) recently designated the Appalachian Mountain Club’s (AMC) Maine Woods property, Mediwisla, to be the first International Dark Sky Park in New England! This step will work to protect night sky quality and will hopefully lead to an expansion of even more Dark Sky Park areas in our region in the future.
The Best Places for Food Photography
After a long day of summiting local peaks and paddling across the lake, it’s a great opportunity to sit and soak in Moosehead’s culinary offerings! There are nearly endless options to taste, and the dining establishments cover nearly every genre of food.
Breakfast and Lunch
On the Water
A few of these establishments offer takeout or picnic options that you can take with you on your photographic journey! Try picking up some tidbits from Monson General Store, Moosehead Meat and Deli, or Kelly’s Landing!
Not able to capture images while you’re here? It’s ok! Check out one of our many shopping partners for framed images and postcards of some of the great things Moosehead Lake has to offer! You can also shop online at Moosehead Marketplace!
Share your images with us on your social media channels! You can tag us – #DestinationMooseheadLake or @DestinationMooseheadLake – and be sure to use our location tag as well!
We have many guests to our region visit the Visitor’s Center asking us where the best spots for bird watching are in our region! We’ve gathered some information courtesy of the mainebirdingtrail.com to be used for quick reference. Here are some of our favorite birding areas in the Moosehead Lake region!
Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District Demonstration Forest
The Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District Demonstration Forest is well hidden and lightly used in the woods of Williamsburg west of Brownville Junction. The 180-acre tract is managed to demonstrate varying forestry practices, which also account for the bird diversity. During the breeding season, it is loud with eastern wood- pewees, least and yellow-bellied flycatchers, and an abundance of blackburnian and black-throated blue warblers. Hermit thrush and veery are species to be expected in the northern forest, but wood thrush has been noted near the parking area.
Several loop trails run through different habitats, the first of which is the Shelter Wood Trail. Initially, it traverses sparse pine woods, but there is a dense, coniferous stand on the backside that regularly produces a ruffed grouse.
The Canyon Trail (and the Plantation Loop and Larson Loops beyond) run through elevation changes that sometimes put hikers at eye level with canopy birds. Scarlet tanagers and red-eyed vireos prefer the tops of these mature, deciduous stands, while ovenbirds may be found around the forest floor.
Directions: (Approx. 49.0 miles, 1hr 8mins from Greenville Visitor Center)
From Greenville: Head south on Route 15/6 for 12.1 miles. Take a slight left on to N. Guilford Rd in Monson for 5.2 miles. Then take a right turn onto Route 150 S in North Guilford for 2.4 miles. Then take a left onto Guilford Center Rd. in North Guilford for 2.9 miles. Turn left onto Wharff Road in Guilford Center follow that for 3 miles. This road will change names to Anderson Road continue following straight for another 1.3 miles. Take a right onto Dawes Road in Dover-Foxcroft for about 0.4 miles. Then take a sharp left turn onto Park St. for 1.2 miles. This will take you to North St. in Dover-Foxcroft where you’ll take a right and follow that for 0.3 miles. In the town of Dover-Foxcroft you will take a left onto Summer St. which is Rt. 16 East/Rt. 6 East you’ll follow this road for approx. 7.4 miles. In the Town of Sebec you will take a left onto Austin Rd./Sebec Village Rd. continue straight on that road for approx. 6 miles. You will turn right onto Barnard Rd. going about 2.9 miles. Then take a left onto Williamsburg Rd. that will then turn into Roberts Rd for 4 miles. You will have arrived at your destination of Piscataquis County Demonstration Forest Nature Trails. GPS: 45.369215, -69.089107
Borestone Mountain Area
Borestone Mountain is a 1981-foot peak contained within a Maine Audubon sanctuary. It is a local favorite for family hikers. Two-thirds of the hike follows an easy hiking trail or dirt road. American redstarts are often apparent in the parking area.
Because Borestone has been protected for over 100 years, the mature hardwoods that envelope the first third of the trail are particularly good for canopy birds such as red-eyed vireos, scarlet tanagers, blackburnian warblers, and northern parula.
The vegetation changes gradually during the ascent, leaving behind the maples, and embracing birches and beeches. Here, blue-headed vireos, and magnolia, black-throated blue, and black-throated green warblers quickly become commonplace, with a good chance for ruby-crowned kinglets. Then, as the hardwoods mix with stands of evergreens (mostly red spruce), more hermit thrushes, golden-crowned kinglets, and winter wrens become noticeable. The usual chickadees, nuthatches, and woodpeckers are always around.
The trail plateaus upon approach to the visitor center. The thicker evergreen forest is home to Canada warblers. Northern goshawks are seen occasionally. In winter, during irruptive years, an astounding number of crossbills can be heard chattering throughout this section.
Audubon’s visitor center is two-thirds of the way up the mountain, adjacent to one of the three mountain ponds. The three ponds are pleasingly known as Sunrise Pond on the near right, Sunset Pond out of sight on the distant left, and, of course, Midday Pond in the middle. The water in these ponds is so clear it is possible to see 50 feet below the surface. There are occasional common mergansers in the ponds, but the harsh alpine climate supports little aquatic life, so ducks are uncommon.
To ascend the rest of Borestone Mountain, follow the trail around the visitor center. The ascent is strenuous and will require some clambering over boulders, but the view is spectacular, especially in foliage season. Aside from more winter wrens, hermit thrushes, and white-throated sparrows, the birding is ordinary to the summit, but the 360-degree views from the top make the hike worthwhile.
The road on the way to Borestone Mountain is pleasantly birdy. Stop at the Wilson Stream bridge and enjoy the barn swallows that nest under it. A mile later, stop and spend a few minutes at the railroad tracks. The trees are full of red-eyed vireos, and with a little more patience, scarlet tanagers may reveal their presence. It’s not unusual for sharp-shinned hawks to cruise the rail line. This is an active track, so beware of trains.
Directions: (Approx. 20 miles, 28 mins from the Greenville Visitor Center)
Head south on Route 15/6 for about 11.4 miles. In the Town of Monson take a left onto Elliotsville Rd. Follow 7.5 miles to Big Wilson Stream Bridge. Turn left at the intersection and follow signs another mile to the Borestone parking lot. Parking is at the base of the mountain. The lot fills early on nice days so you may have to join the others parked along the roadside.
Moosehead Lake – West
Moosehead Lake is Maine’s largest lake. Most of the surrounding forest is managed for timber harvesting, and there are many remote logging roads open to public access for traditional sporting activities. This combination of remoteness and access has made the region excellent for birding in Maine’s vast forest.
The Moosehead Lake region is famous for its large moose population, and Greenville is home to the Moosemania Festival every spring. Maine also has the largest population of black bears east of the Mississippi, and encounters with eastern coyotes are a regular occurrence. Beavers can be seen in every small and slow-moving body of water, and they generally become active and visible in the late afternoon. Otters are common in shallow, slow-moving waters.
On the west side of Moosehead Lake, two outflows of the Kennebec River cross under Route 15. The East Outlet is about 10 miles north of Greenville Junction. There is a small parking lot and a dirt road just north of the bridge. This is an excellent road for a warbler walk since there is little traffic. The first 1.5-mile section of this road is the best, traversing a mix of mature hardwoods and conifer species. Canopy warblers such as blackburnian, pine, northern parula, bay-breasted, black-throated green, and black-throated blue are relatively easy to view. At 1.5 miles, the road turns abruptly right into a regenerating clear cut where sparrows and flycatchers can be added to the day’s list. At all times be alert for boreal chickadees.
The West Outlet is about 16 miles north of Greenville Junction. North of the bridge, look for a dirt road leading west called Somerset Road. This road also traverses mature hardwood growth and offers many of the same birding opportunities as the East Outlet. However, this road continues for 26 miles to Route 201, and there are homes on the outlet ponds, so it tends to be more heavily traveled. On the other hand, the road brushes past several good views of rivers, ponds, and productive wetland areas, so a walk or slow drive can be equally pleasurable.
Rockwood is the last sure chance for gas and supplies. It is here that Route 15 turns west along the Moose River, heading for Jackman. However, by turning right and crossing the bridge in Rockwood, the Moosehead adventure continues. The Birches Resort lies just a few miles ahead. Beyond The Birches, a well-traveled dirt road extends far into the North Maine Woods. The historic Pittston Farm sits 20 miles north of Rockwood on Seboomook Lake.
The 20-Mile Road leads through experimental plantings of red pine and white spruce where regenerating clear-cuts are home to breeding Lincoln’s sparrows and mourning warblers.
Just beyond Pittston Farm, the road continues several miles to the Golden Road, an unpaved artery that runs east/west from Millinocket to Quebec. A fee is charged beyond this point. The road’s primary purpose is to serve Maine’s working forest, but it also serves as recreational access to many remote areas, including the Allagash Wilderness Waterway farther north.
Moosehead Lake – East
Scammon Ridge on the east side of Moosehead Lake just above Greenville is one of the better mature forests in the area. Tall balsam fir, thick yellow birches, and elderly beeches predominate. Expect many canopy warblers such as blackburnian, northern parula, black-throated green, and black-throated blue. Ovenbirds and winter wrens are common at ground level. The suggested birding route winds 8.1 miles behind the ridge and traverses several excellent beaver flowages before exiting along Mountain View Lane. Directions: From Route 15 in downtown Greenville, take the Lily Bay Road north one mile and turn right onto Scammon Road.
Elephant Mountain, like much of the woods east of Moosehead Lake, has been heavily logged. There are now vast stretches of secondary regrowth, experimental plantings of spruce and pine, and mixed hardwoods. American redstarts, magnolia, chestnut-sided, and Nashville warblers are found in abundance in these areas. Tennessee warblers are present in small numbers. This is also an area of small ponds and beaver flowages. As a result, the backcountry contains a warren of identical dirt roads that crisscross the area, making it easy for birders to lose their way.
An intriguing way to circumvent the problem is to pay one’s respects at Elephant Mountain. In 1963 a B-52 bomber on a training mission suffered a structural failure and crashed at the base of the mountain. Most of the wreckage was left intact as a shrine to the crewmen who perished. It is treated with great reverence by Mainers, and ceremonies still take place there every year. Recently, the Maine Air National Guard has erected signs that direct respectful people to the site. Using these signs as navigational tools, it is possible for birders to navigate these roads for an exploration of the area. A visit to the crash site also reminds us of the daily risks undertaken by all those in uniform who protect our freedoms. The “B-52” signs begin on Prong Pond Road at its intersection with Lily Bay Road. In the clear-cuts just before the crash site, blackpolls are noteworthy among the regenerating spruce thickets.
Lily Bay State Park is on the east side of Moosehead Lake, 8.7 miles north of Greenville. This is a popular park for camping, with semi-secluded sites, a boat launch, and a beach. Tall white pines near the shoreline are lively with pine warblers, and there is a fine assortment of other common warblers, vireos, and thrushes throughout the park. Canada warblers and winter wrens are more often seen than heard during a morning walk along the access road.
Kokadjo is a tiny community 18.5 miles north of Greenville on Lily Bay Road. Barn, tree, and cliff swallows fill the sky here during spring and summer. Cliff swallows nest under the eaves of the buildings, barn swallows nest in the barn behind the store, and tree swallows take advantage of birdhouses and woodpecker cavities in the area. Birdfeeders outside the restaurant attract purple finches, rose-breasted grosbeaks, American goldfinches, and chipping sparrows, often in large numbers. Common loons, Canada geese, and mallards in First Roach Pond take little heed of people and are always quite close.
For the next several miles north of Kokadjo, including side roads and the road east to Second Roach Pond, there are extensive spruce-fir forests that are very good for boreal specialties. Listen for Cape May and bay-breasted warblers, Lincoln’s sparrows, and Canada jays. Spruce grouse are sighted regularly in the area. Harvested woodlots that are regenerating with maple and brambles are good places to look for a mourning warbler. The Appalachian Mountain Club’s Medawisla sporting camps are on Second Roach Pond.
Lazy Tom Stream is 1.5 miles north of Kokadjo, bearing left at the first fork, then left again toward Spencer Pond Camps. Just a few hundred yards from the turn, terrifically scenic Lazy Tom Stream crosses under the road. There is always something unusual here. Common mergansers are often present and the wetland is full of Wilson’s snipe. Northern harriers are a common sight over the bog. American redstarts and cedar waxwings are usually obvious. Crossbills, particularly white-winged, may be around at any time of year.
Little Moose Unit of Maine Public Reserved Land
The Little Moose Unit of Maine Public Reserved Land contains several hiking trails, campsites, and the trailhead for Big Moose Mountain. This peak rises 3200 feet into the Bicknells’ thrush zone, and a few have traditionally nested near the summit. The Bicknell’s thrush is vocal primarily at dawn and dusk. It is handy to be familiar with its call notes, sounding like WEER. Due to its preference for alpine habitat, Bicknell’s thrush is a late migrant, usually arriving after Memorial Day weekend. The mountain ascent is relatively short, and often strenuous, through excellent birding habitat, transitioning from the scarlet tanagers of the lower elevation hardwoods, through zones of balsam fir and spruce over the 90-minute climb. Blackpolls, Bay-breasted warblers, yellow-bellied flycatchers, boreal chickadees, and spruce grouse are found near the summit. The road through the Little Moose Unit is good for ruffed grouse, and Philadelphia vireos have been noted near the Big Moose Mountain trailhead.
On Route 15, the North Road turns west 3.5 miles north of Greenville Junction. The trailhead for Big Moose is 1.3 miles from the intersection.
Autumn in New England is a vibrant, breathtaking and spectacular time of year — but have you ever experienced it on the lake? There are seemingly endless ways to soak up Maine’s most colorful season in the Moosehead region. Here are a few of our top recommendations:
The leaves are the star of the show around here, and for good reason! The lake will get lit up with brilliant red (black, red, scarlet and white oak; more maple species and sumac), purple (white ash and witch hazel) and yellow (ash, basswood, beech, birches, butternut, elm, multiple maple species, mountain ash, and poplar) foliage that appears to burst into view almost overnight. Remember, weather has a lot to do with how and when colors develop, so the best days to go leaf peeping are after crisp days and even chillier nights. If you’re planning a drive to soak up the scenery, be sure to schedule the best views for around sunset — the afternoon light will showcase the fall colors while letting the evergreen tones fade away.
If you’d like to take home a souvenir from your fall foliage adventure, consider selecting one or two leaves then pressing them between waxed paper or preserving them in a solution of 1:2 glycerine and water overnight.
Do you have a hunting license or a passion for hunting? The Moosehead Lake region abounds with ruffed grouse, rabbit, wild turkeys, deer, bear, and moose. There’s plenty of land to share, and with the assistance of a Registered Maine Guide, you can learn all the local hotspots for finding the best and biggest game! Registered Maine Guides are outdoor professionals who are licensed and permitted to assist any person in the fields, forests, or waters within the jurisdiction of the State while hunting, fishing, trapping, etc. In short: They know the area and they know how to find what you’re looking for!
Be sure to have your license or permit in order before visiting so that you can step right into your camo and/or your hunter orange without further ado — you can even apply for a license or permit online! Make sure you brush up on all hunting laws before heading out, by visiting The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
Hunting is a great opportunity to spend quality time in the woods, either in silence on a solo hunt or while teaching the next generation the ropes. It can be an incredibly important bonding experience and teaches important life skills like patience, deliberation, proper firearm safety and use, and the importance of appreciating our natural resources.
Cool air, still water, and a tug on your line — what could be better? Plan an autumn fishing excursion to experience our famed waterways and soak in some exceptional views. In the fall, fish move away from larger bodies of water and into smaller rivers and streams to spawn. Be prepared as fall fishing can be feast or famine. Availability of guided trips is limited, so if you want to book a guide for fall fishing now is the time, don’t wait! The dates for the end of the fall fishing season greatly depend on what river or body of water you are fishing on. It’s essential that you check the current 2021 fishing laws by visiting The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
PRO TIP: It’s a great time of year to break out your streamers! These wet flies are the best bet in attracting fish as their bright colors are most appealing in the fall.
Let’s get some boots on the ground! Fall is perhaps the best time to hit the trails around the Lake, as the scenery is particularly spectacular and the summer visitors have left for the season. Enjoy crisp air, stunning foliage, quiet trails and glimpses of local wildlife as they prepare for the onset of winter.
It’s a great time of year to tackle the Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit Challenge! By allotting one day per mountain, you can tackle all the peaks in less than a week with plenty of time to enjoy the hikes and really take in the scenery. We recommend starting with Mount Kineo, then moving on to Number Four Mountain, Whitecap Mountain, and Eagle Rock, then finishing strong on days five and six with Big Moose Mountain and Borestone Mountain!
The weather can get chilly this time of year, so be sure to wear wool socks (a must-have for hiking any day!) and light, insulating layers so that you’ll stay warm on the trail. Be sure to check the forecast before striking off, and pack plenty of water and trail snacks for each day!
Imagine this: You wake up early in the morning when the fall air is extra crisp and the birds are still singing. The sunlight is pouring through the fabric of your tent, diffusing into a warm glow that just promises a beautiful day ahead. You make yourself a pot of strong, hot coffee over an open flame, then lean back in your camp chair, absorbing the view of the dynamic fall colors for miles around.
When you camp near the lake, you can choose to fill every day just as you choose: quiet, reflective solitude, active adventure, or passive meandering through the region’s treasure trove of natural attractions. Fall camping brings its own set of specific joys and promises to be an unforgettable experience. All you need to bring is your tent, a warm sleeping bag and blankets, food, and cooking utensils to craft a north woods getaway worthy of an annual tradition.
Not ready to “rough it”? Our region offers a substantial variety of camp, cottage and cabin rentals, most within close proximity of the water. Keep the views and the privacy, while upgrading to a thick mattress, a roof over your head and perhaps a cozy reading nook!
See the Lake from the Katahdin Steamship
Ready to sit back and really soak it all in? Plan a guided historic lake tour aboard the Kate! This unique experience offers a glimpse of scenic landmarks on the water along with a narration of the area’s history and sights. Freshly-prepared meals, local brews, and other special treats are available on board, and there are multiple cruise packages to choose from so you can craft an experience that’s just right for your party or family. As a reminder, the last cruise of the 2021 season is Monday, October 11th. After your cruise, tour the Moosehead Marine Museum to browse local artifacts and learn more about the history and agricultural development of our region. It’s a rare and mesmerizing peek into the region’s past!
Fall is a great time of year to look for Moose! September, October, November and December are some of the best months to spot a moose. You may be able to spot a fully antlered Bull Moose if you’re lucky! We have many resources on our website if you’d like to take a self-guided tour. We also have a number of Registered Maine Guides in our region that offer guided Moose Watching tips.
GETTING TO KNOW MOOSEHEAD’S FORESTS
Moosehead Lake forests were once home to Native American tribes, who thrived on the area’s abundance of food, water, and shelter. Mt. Kineo was prized for a rare rock type called rhyolite that indigenous peoples found ideal for flintknapping tools. The region was later settled by lumbermen who saw the value in bringing great wood to important markets. By the mid-1800s, steamboats were introduced, which fueled large-scale logging efforts. For example, steamboats towed thousands of logs corralled by boom chains to the East Outlet, which were then released down the Kennebec River to southerly markets.
Mt. Kineo also became a destination for well-to-do tourists who valued the stunning forest, mountain vistas, hunting, and fishing. The Kineo House, a grand hotel, fueled tourism beginning in the 1850s. Some remnants of the hotel are still visible, including the nine-hole golf course and some antique items that have been restored. Today, the Moosehead Lake area’s forestland continues to be a driving economic force for the region.
TODAY’S CONSERVATION METHODS
Tourism and timber remain the primary economic drivers of the Moosehead Lake region. Preservation is a strong focus in the region, with emphasis on protecting the area’s natural resources through conservation. . This means that some conserved land is held by the state, some by conservation groups, and some by private owners and/or corporations.
Lily Bay State Park, Mt. Kineo State Park, and nearly 1,000 acres of Farm Island (north of Kineo) are owned by Maine citizens but protected by deed restrictions that limit development, safeguard public access and, in some instances, make provisions for timber harvesting. Other parcels — adding up to hundreds of thousands of acres — are held by The Nature Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Forest Society of Maine, Weyerhaeuser,(a private timberland corporation), and The National Park Service.
There are some conservation guidelines in place that limit the use of forestlands around the Moosehead region. The restricted forestland might be an ecological reserve, designated deer yards, or just an area where cutting timber is forbidden. Some lake shores and rivers are off-limits to building as well.
This has not always been the case. In modern times, the land began to change ownership more frequently, often according to changing markets and investment opportunities. This created a sense of uncertainty locally, which eventually led to an increased focus on conserving the area’s assets in unique ways.
HOW ORGANIZATIONS ARE SHAPING MOOSEHEAD’S FORESTS
Today, the Forest Society of Maine, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and other select organizations have become instrumental in the conservation of Moosehead’s forests. Local landowners look to these organizations to help protect forestland. For example, one resident recently donated an 80-acre woodlot to the Forest Society in hopes that visitors will view it as a resource for learning about the area’s forests.
The Appalachian Mountain Club helped preserve the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire, then shifted its focus to Maine, with the intention to become a partner in private ownership. Since its original acquisition of Little Lyford Pond and Camps, it expanded to include the conservation of large tracts of land on the east side of Moosehead region. Today, the operations include recreational lodges, cabins, and a forestry program, all of which offer area employment opportunities. AMC has also provided access to miles of hiking trails and new recreation opportunities.
Weyerhaeuser, the largest private forestland owner in the region, has been closely involved in both preservation and economic development efforts. . Its work is focused on creating a sustainable forest-based economy.
BUILDING A PREDICTABLE FUTURE
With all of these efforts, locals and visitors alike can rest assured that the views and natural resources they have come to know and love will be here for years to come. Those who come to the forest for a sense of peace, stillness, and familiarity will continue to find a sanctuary from the chaos of everyday life. Conservation of Moosehead’s forestland is leading to a more stable, healthy, and predictable future for the people who choose to live and recreate among its stately trees.
Special thanks to Suzanne from the Moosehead Historical Society!
Happy summer on the lake! It’s a great time of year to dive in and cool off. There are so many things to do on and in the water at Moosehead. Whether you want to be on, in or just near the water while visiting Moosehead, there is water fun for everyone!
Please be sure to plan in advance for your trip, as water activities on the lake are very popular and lodging and water equipment rentals tend to be booked early.
The Best Ways to Get on the Water in Moosehead Lake
Lily Bay State Park
This 925-acre gem of the region offers multiple points of access and activities to enjoy quality time on the lake! The park allows boating, swimming, and fishing. Here’s how to best take advantage of Lily Bay:
- Boating – The park has two boat launches with slips at each end of the park (located at Dunn Point and Rowell Cove). Motorized and non-motorized watercraft are allowed, but the area can get windy so it’s best for smaller vessels to stay close to shore for safety.
- Swimming – Lily Bay is the ideal spot for diving into Moosehead Lake! Beaver Cove features a sand beach that is great for families with children of all ages. The park also offers designated swimming areas with fine pebble beaches, stunning beach views, and even wheelchair access areas so that everyone can be included in the fun.
- Fishing – Fishing is a great summer sport for individuals of all ages and experience levels. The warmer months bring open-water fishing opportunities to hook landlocked salmon, brook trout, and lake trout (usually early to mid-May). As of early June, smallmouth bass have become prolific. According to guests, it’s common to catch 3-to 5-pound smallmouths!
Take a Boat Tour
Local history meets scenic vistas and the peace of drifting on deep waters when you step aboard the steamship Katahdin. Take a tour of the lake, munch a homemade lunch or special dinner, and learn about the history of the region while discovering hidden coves and noteworthy landmarks. Through mid-October, choose from cruise options like the Sunset Dance Cruise, Moosehead Lake Brunch Cruise, Sugar Island Cruise, and Moosehead Lake Fireworks Cruise.
The Katahdin is one of Moosehead’s most prominent pieces of history, having once carried everything from livestock and equipment, to supplies and log booms. Now considered a “living museum,” her galley stocks beverages, sandwiches and snacks, with a corresponding gift shop and more museum attractions to explore on land. For more information call, 207-695-2716 or visit www.katahdincruises.com
Looking for a private boat tour? Take a sunset cruise, picnic cruise, or sunset cruise on a 31 foot Ranger Tug with Moosehead Tugboat Tours! Or – head to The Birches Resort and check out the “Birches Dreamer” Charter Boat for cruises and charters!
Enjoy Food and Drinks Lakeside
What day on the water is complete without waterfront cocktails?
Stop by Dockside Inn and Tavern in downtown Greenville to sip local specialties like a Kineopolitan Cosmo, The Birchman-Moscow Mule, Sugar Island Coconut, Pear Spritzah, and Liquored Up Lemonade while soaking up sun and beautiful views of the water. Dockside is famous for its crab stuffed haddock, bacon-wrapped scallops and other tidbits alongside a full menu of locally-sourced fare. They also feature Gluten-Free options for those with sensitivities/allergies to gluten.
Kelly’s Landing is a long time staple in the Moosehead Lake area! The Birches is another great place to enjoy a meal along the water if Rockwood! In Monson, you can eat and drink along the shores of Lake Hebron at the Lakeshore House.
Or, pick up some wine from Indian Hill Trading Post and a picnic basket from Northwoods Gourmet Girl and enjoy the public beach in Greenville, or take a lakeside picnic in any of the surrounding areas!
Jump Into Moosehead Lake!
There are plenty of places to take a dip in Moosehead Lake. Here’s how to get to some of our favorite spots:
- Sneak around behind Mt. Kineo to visit the secret pebble beach (which features a rope swing in addition to the swimming area!)
- Take a trip to downtown Greenville then cut through the woods to Red Cross Beach. This great swimming beach is great for families and even has a summer lifeguard on duty.
- Looking for more kid-friendly swimming options? The Greenville Junction Wharf includes a lakeside playground for littles to enjoy while visiting the beach.
- Spin down Blanchard Road to Monson Public Beach for a sandy stretch of shore with large floats for swimming and jumping off of.
- Take the adventure up a notch by visiting Little Wilson Falls in Monson. This hike is part of the Appalachian Trail and includes small pools perfect for a summertime dip — just be careful as the rocks can be very slick! This spot is better for an adults-only swim.
Rent Jet Skis, Boats and SUP This Summer – or bring your own!
Moosehead Lake is rife with watercraft options! We recommend taking some time to explore the water via standup paddleboard, jet ski, kayak, canoe and/or boat. Many of the local businesses on the lake offer equipment and watercraft rentals so you can explore for the day without carting around your own gear.
- Rent a SUP from Wilson Pond Cabins or The Birches Resort.
- Find a Jet ski at The Birches Resort.
- Pick out the perfect boat from The Birches Resort, or Wilson Pond Cabins.
There are also additional boat and watercraft rental opportunities in Rockwood available, but be sure to book them well in advance as boating Moosehead is extremely popular.
Scope Out Shipwrecks on Moosehead Lake
Being the largest mountain lake in the eastern United States, Moosehead holds some intriguing secrets! Believe it or not, these cold, deep waters hold around a dozen shipwrecks, many of which are decades-old steamships that were burned to the waterline then sunk. Some, however, are nearly fully-preserved vessels that retain architectural features that speak to the history of the lake.
Make it a solo adventure to explore these sites, or create a fun family treasure hunt to spot as many wrecks as are visible from the surface!
Whitewater rafting is a bucket list item for many people! Moosehead Lake is at the heart of whitewater rafting in Maine, located between world-class whitewater on the Kennebec River (family fun rafting experience) and the Penobscot River (more adventurous whitewater trip), with daily rafting trips, transportation offered by Moxie Outdoors and Northeast Whitewater from May – September. Learn more about Whitewater Rafting on our website!
When you visit the Moosehead Lake region, you will be presented with unlimited opportunities to enjoy the water. Whatever you decide, you are sure to have a blast! Make sure to share your photos with us on social media using #DestinationMooseheadLake so we can see all of your water FUN!
Maine is a “bucket list” hike for many outdoor adventurers! People fall in love with Maine because of its beauty and hiking and the Moosehead Lake region is no different! Our region has some of the best views in the state. Take a trek near the lake to make memories that will last a lifetime.
Here are a few of the reasons why our region’s trails are really special:
1) You will find solitude
When you hit the trail around Moosehead Lake, you’re guaranteed plenty of peace and quiet to do some introspective unpacking. With the vast amount of land — and trails — in the area, it’s unlikely you’ll see another person, so you can enjoy the time to yourself and focus on why you decided to unplug. With no one else around, it becomes easier to center yourself, meditate on the sound of your own breathing, notice the movement of the leaves, hear the lapping of the water, and observe the wildlife that will likely wander across your path. It’s time to focus on the little things, not that endless “to do” list!
Many trails are overly crowded right now with people embracing the outdoors after COVID. Not the case in Moosehead! We love that the general populous is returning to a more nature-loving lifestyle; however, we’re pleased to report that there’s plenty of North Woods to share. If you’re finding yourself craving open air, solitude and winding trails, head our way!
2) You will find hikes for all levels of adventurers
Do you like setting your own pace, or do you have little ones in tow? Are you a seasoned backpacker, or just starting to break in those hiking boots? Looking to meander a bit and soak up views, or challenge yourself to a section of the Appalachian Trail? No matter your experience (or energy!) level, there are trails for you. Here are a few places to start, based on your level of experience and confidence:
Hikes for Kids near Moosehead Lake
Some of the easily traveled and flatter hikes in the Moosehead Lake region are the trails at Lily Bay State Park, the B-52 Memorial, the trail to Big Moose Pond, Moxie Falls, and the first portion of the hike out to Little Wilson Falls! These trails are good for adventurers of all ages and all levels of patience. Each of these trails offer great viewpoints with little effort! If your kids are older and they are ok with climbing a bit of elevation, you can add Little Kineo and Burnt Jacket Mountain to your list! Both of those hikes are approximately 2 miles or less! For experienced families, Mount Kineo and Borestone are also great hikes! Both of these hikes are approximately 3.5 miles round trip.
Off of the Katahdin Ironworks Road, you can hike into Rum Pond, where there are some trails to explore that go up onto Blue Ridge which are great for families!
Backpacking Hikes near Moosehead Lake
Our region includes sections of the Appalachian Trail including the 100 Mile Wilderness, so there are many opportunities to backpack! According to Registered Maine Guide and author of the Maine Mountain Guide Carey Kish, Little Moose Public Land has a trail network and a handful of backcountry campsites. You can backpack the Appalachian Trail on the Barren-Chairback Range, which features five peaks traversed by the AT. There are three shelters and several tent sites. You can also backpack the White Cap Range. Four peaks traversed by the AT. Two shelters and several tent sites.
Solo Hikes near Moosehead Lake
Many people enjoy hiking solo, and the trails surrounding Moosehead Lake are perfect for finding that solitude. With any hike, it’s important to come prepared with the ten essentials, but when you hike solo, it’s even more important to pack well. Be sure to have all your bases covered, including assets for navigation, a headlamp, sun protection, first aid, a knife, your preferred fire lighters, some form of shelter, extra food, extra water, and some additional clothing options. It’s important to note that many areas in our region do not offer cell service, so it’s a great opportunity to get away from daily responsibilities and mindless scrolling — just be sure to let someone know about your plans and timeline for the day!
3) You will experience unique views
Waterfalls, fire towers, lakes, ponds, mountains, rocky cliffs… the list goes on! When you hike in the Moosehead Lake region, you’ll be treated to views beyond trees and skies. Maine’s landscape and the scenery is incredibly diverse, and our region does an excellent job of sampling nearly all of it. From many vantage points, the views unfold for miles around, revealing what feels like almost all of the state!
REGIONAL SECRET: One of the best-kept secrets of hiking near Moosehead is that from the top of Eagle Rock, you can see 360 degree views of the surrounding areas, which feature Mount Katahdin, Sugarloaf Mountain, and the 100 Mile Wilderness section of the Appalachian Trail! It’s an amazing place to pause, soak in the scenery, bask in the sunlight and reflect on the progress of your hike for the day.
Hikes with Fire Towers near Moosehead Lake
For those of you that love fire towers, we have a fire tower hike in our region that has arguably one of the best views in the state of Maine! The view from the top of the Mount Kineo fire tower is stunning. You can really take in the vastness of Moosehead Lake. Other hikes that include fire towers in our region are Big Spencer Mountain and Number 4 Mountain, although Number 4 Mountain is just the structure.
Hikes to Waterfalls near Moosehead Lake
We have some beautiful waterfall hikes in our region! Some of the most popular waterfall hikes include Gulf Hagas, Moxie Falls, Little Wilson Falls, and the falls at Goodell Brook in Monson! Gulf Hagas is probably the most well known waterfall hike in Maine. This approximately 8 mile hike has excellent views along the way that include Screw Auger Falls, Jaws, Buttermilk Falls, and Billings Falls. This trail is definitely the most difficult waterfall hike, but you don’t have to do the whole trail in order to see the falls! Many people stop at Screw Auger Falls and enjoy lunch before turning around. Moxie Falls and Little Wilson Falls are much shorter waterfall hikes that you can complete in just a few hours. The falls at Goodell Brook is a very quick trip off the Appalachian Trail in Monson! You could easily visit all of these waterfall hikes in just a few days during your trip to Moosehead Lake!
4) You can have an immersive outdoor experience
Ready to make the most of your hiking experience? The shores and forests of the Moosehead Lake region are dotted with rustic cabins, quaint cottages and welcoming B&Bs offering a memorable and comfortable place to crash between treks (as well as some pretty phenomenal food!). Be sure to check our list of places to stay in the area if you decide to make your exploration of the area a multi-day experience! Most of the local lodging offers quick, convenient access to trails and is likely nestled in the woods or perched lakeside to help you stay enveloped in the outdoors for your entire visit.
Prefer something a little closer to nature? There are nearly endless options for camping in the North Maine woods! Bring your tent, van, or travel trailer to stay trailside or tucked into the deep woods. It’s a great way to extend the silence and serenity of your experience, offers ample stargazing opportunities, and maintains the comfort of a familiar home base.
Stay by the lake, and you can cool off in style at the end of the day! Nothing beats the feeling of running down the dock and diving into the cool water after a day of trekking in the hot sun. When you’ve finished hiking, dive in to cool off and clean up, or rent a boat to watch the sunset from the surface of the lake. There are multiple local businesses offering water crafts and equipment to help you take advantage of every moment of your adventure on the lake.
Want to enjoy a camping and hiking remote experience? AMC has free/first come first serve paddle to sites on Second/Third/Fourth Roach! Hike around the Spencer Mountain region and camp & paddle! AMC also owns and maintains a handful of primitive campsites are located on a chain of ponds along the Roach River east of Moosehead Lake. Each equipped with a fire ring, privy, tent pad and picnic table, these sites are a perfect getaway for campers looking for a secluded, peaceful camping experience. Learn more in this article by Aislinn Sarnacki.
5) You will experience nature and wildlife
Have you even been to Moosehead if you don’t see a moose — or at least some moose sign? The area is packed with the lake’s majestic namesake, though they can be stealthy and discreet. While on the trail, keep an eye out for moose (and their poops!), as well as deer, coyotes, porcupine, fox, raccoons, lynx, and the occasional bear. The wildlife in the region tends to be visible yet unbothered, leading to great photo ops from a respectful distance.
Birdwatching is a year-round activity in Maine, and a day on the trails is the perfect time to take count of the area’s feathered friends! Ducks, hawk, osprey, loons, grouse, woodpeckers, chickadees and jays are frequent fliers in the region, but many more species can be seen and heard throughout the woods and near the water. If you’re lucky, you may spot a bald eagle! The Maine Audubon Society offers regional birding guides including best places to look for birds, seasonal high points, and which species to expect. There is so much to do on your adventures through the Maine woods!
Learn more about the region and its extensive trails in our Official Moosehead Lake Hiking Guide! It’s packed full of tips, trips, directions and other invaluable information to help you plan your Moosehead Lake hiking expedition. Sign up for our Email Newsletter today and have the Official Moosehead Lake Hiking Guide sent straight to your inbox!
The Mount Kineo Shuttle
May 28, 2021 through October 11, 2021
Months of May and June
From the Rockwood Public Landing to Kineo: 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm
From Kineo to Rockwood: 10:45am, 12:45pm, 2:45pm with a final trip back at 4:45pm
Months of July and August
From the Rockwood Public Landing to Kineo: On the hour, every hour from 8:00am until 6:00pm
From Kineo to Rockwood: 9:45am, 10:45am, 11:45am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 5:45pm with a final trip back at 6:45pm
Months of September and October
From the Rockwood Public Landing to Kineo: On the hour, every hour from 9:00am until 4:00pm
From Kineo to Rockwood: 9:45am, 10:45am, 11:45am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm, with a final trip back at 4:45pm
Round-Trip Shuttle Fares:
Ages 5 and older: $13.00 per person Cash only
Under age 5: FREE
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Mount Kineo Shuttle:
- The crossing from Rockwood to Kineo takes approximately 10 minutes.
- The Kineo Shuttle does not have a ticket booth; you will be paying the captain in cash as you board.
- In good weather the shuttle will accommodate 10 passengers; the captain may elect to carry fewer passengers in rough weather. If for any reason there are more passengers waiting to board than can be safely ferried across on a scheduled trip, the shuttle will return immediately for those left behind.
- When you step off the docks on Kineo you are at the trailhead for the Mt. Kineo State Park hiking trails. To hike to the observation tower at the top of Mt. Kineo and back to the docks via the Bridle Trail and Indian Trails takes approximately 2 – 2.5 hours. If you choose to go down the North trail from the tower, it becomes a 4-5 hour hike.
- The golf course does not rent golf carts for sightseeing. They are only rented to golfers, per the request of the Kineo Community Owners Association, and they cannot leave the course.
- The golf course and cart paths are not hiking trails.
Where to Find a Moose in the Moosehead Lake Region
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
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!
Winter Activities in the Moosehead Lake Region
In contrast to most getaway destinations, the Moosehead Lake Region is as magical in the winter as it is in warmer seasons. Whether you bring the whole family or set off on a solo expedition, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the weather and endless areas to explore! Here is a list of our favorite things to do during the winter in Moosehead Lake!
Enjoy breakfast around Moosehead Lake
Cold-weather activities will kickstart your metabolism, so it’s important to fuel up before your adventure. We recommend Birch Bark Bakery & Breakfast, Moosehead Meat & Deli, or Northwoods Gourmet Girl – and a few mugs of coffee, wherever you go – before hitting the snow.
2. Go ice fishing on Moosehead Lake
Soak in the scenery AND stock your cooler by spending some time ice fishing. Moosehead Lake and the surrounding ponds and smaller lakes are teeming with trout, cusk, salmon and togue all winter long! Salmon love to lurk right under the ice, and cusk are often caught after dark (who wants to make it an “all-nighter”?). One of the best spots to set up on the ice is behind Mt. Kineo, as it offers some of the deepest water on Moosehead Lake as well as offering some protections from the sometimes harsh winter winds. Be sure to bring along smelt and cut bait — these are the best options for ice fishing!
3. Hike, snowshoe or ski the trails
The best way to explore the land around you is to hike it! Insert yourself into picturesque views and stunning snow-dusted settings, no special equipment required. Just be sure to bundle up and bring your best boots! The region offers trails fit for family outings (read: little legs) as well as challenging winter trails that will test your stamina and reward you with phenomenal views. The Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit Challenge offers a prestigious badge and panoramic views from each corner of the Moosehead Lake Region for those who summit all six peaks. For an even bigger challenge, complete them in a certain time frame or time of year and earn more badges! Find the best fit for your group or mood with the All Trails or Maine Trail Finder apps!
Ready to pick up the speed just a little? Strap on some snowshoes or rent some cross-country skis and strike off on an adventure. If you’re new to exploring on foot this way, it’s a great idea to work with a Registered Maine Guide for tips and tricks to navigating with gear as well as the best places to start your expedition.
5. Snowmobile endless wooded trails
For fast-paced adventurers, the mechanically inclined, or those that just want to cover as much ground as possible, exploring Moosehead from a snowmobile is a great way to take in the winter sights. The Moosehead Trail offers 160 miles of spectacular and scenic riding, with stops for coffee, lunch, and gas along the way. The local trails join the Maine ITS for those avid riders who want to branch out to other parts of Maine and into New Hampshire. Be sure to check conditions first – including lake ice – via the Maine Snowmobile Association, even during the most reliable sledding season (mid-January through mid-March). Not sure where to stop? Stop into a local business (many offer sled rentals!) and ask for tips on trailheads, riding advice and the best places to branch off the beaten path.
6. Book a lakeside cabin with a view
If you’re more of an observer of winter wonderlands than a knee-deep adventurer, we highly recommend a cozy cottage stay during the snowy season. There are plenty of places to snuggle up, sit by the fire and sip a steaming mug of tea or hot chocolate while soaking up the winter peace and quiet. A quaint cabin with a lake view is a wonderful respite from the demands and bustle of everyday life — you’ll sleep better than you have in years! Be sure to check out our lodging options!
7. Stargaze at night
No matter where you wind down after your day by the lake, the appeal of the region doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Maine’s night sky can’t be beat! With miles of wide-open sky, little interruption and zero light pollution, it’s the perfect place to pause, look up, and remember the feeling of absolute awe. The winter sky in particular offers rare treats such as meteor showers and the Aurora Borealis. Enjoy these stellar sights from a pile of blankets on the snow, on the frozen lake, beside a roaring campfire or through the lens of a telescope at your cozy remote cabin.