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.
Things to do in the Moosehead Lake Region during the Christmas Holiday 2020
Celebrate the holiday season in the festively decorated Moosehead Lake Region, starting Nov. 28, 2020! For future years, please check our Event Calendar page on our website or contact the Visitor’s Center for up to date activities and happenings. We hope you enjoy Christmas in the Moosehead Lake region for years to come!
This month-long celebration of the holiday season begins this weekend and features many #ShopLocal promotions. Along with opportunities to snap pictures with Santa and write him letters, the Lights of Life Christmas Tree Lighting, a Deck the Halls Car Parade, and a NEW Christmas Decor Contest. “Light Up the Lake” is sure to delight with beautifully handcrafted wreaths on display throughout the Moosehead Lake Region.
Participants are reminded to be safe, follow social distancing procedures, and wear masks where required by State Mandate.
Deck the Halls Parade – Nov. 28, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The parade will start promptly at 3:30 p.m. at Woody’s in Greenville. Participants are requested to arrive early for line up at 3 p.m. The parade will travel through the hospital and end at the Gazebo downtown where the Lights of Life Tree Lighting will begin at 4:30 p.m.
Christmas Decor Contest – Dec. 11 to 13
All businesses and the community are invited to decorate their homes and/or places of business as part of the Christmas Decor Contest. The final judging will take place between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Dec. 11. A photographer will be out taking pictures on the evening of Dec. 12, and three winners from each category will be announced on social media on Dec. 13.
Tickets for the 14th Annual Moosehead Lake Chocolate Festival are now available! This annual Moosehead Lake event is a favorite, making many salivate at the thought of all the chocolate goodness!
This year, we are introducing two new ways to indulge in tantalizingly delicious chocolates. You can purchase the classic full size box of your choice of 10 chocolate samples from over 40 different treats, or, if your still sticking with those New Year’s Resolutions, opt for the fun size box of 5 samples. Your personally selected favorites could included petit fours, chocolate lasagna, chocolate covered bacon, Malibu rum balls or even a hand dipped treasure from King Chocolates fountain. Don’t stand in a long ticket line on festival day, get yours in advance!
Are you completely over standing in line? Want first crack at all the chocolates? We’ve got you covered! New for the 2018 Chocolate Festival we are introducing a FastPass! Buy a FastPass and skip the line, just like at Disney World! Doors open early for you too! Come get first pick at 12:30PM! Only a very limited number of FastPasses will be sold so get yours today!
Looking to expand your chocolate palate? Extend your day of chocolate indulgence with our first ever Chocolate Lovers Luncheon. Think outside the box with Diane Bartley from DKB’s and enjoy chocolate in an unusual way. We always think of Chocolate as being sweet, come see how chocolate can affect the flavor profile of savory foods before heading over to grab box of chocolates. Your lunch ticket also includes a FastPass for early admission to the Chocolate Festival and your box of ten chocolates! Limited seating for this first time event is sure to sell out fast so buy your ticket online today!
As always, 100% of the proceeds from this festival go into the Moosehead Lake Destination Marketing Organization marketing budget to expand our beloved region and share it’s beauty with the world!
Want to get involved? We are always looking for new bakers to create an exciting new decadent treat! No need to be a five star chef! As long as you love chocolate as much as we do and can donate 100 samples of your special chocolatey creation, you are just who we are looking for! Contact us today and we will provide you with all the details.
Not a baker? No worries! We are also in need of volunteers as well as both silent auction and monetary donations. Please contact us at email@example.com for more information on becoming involved.
Tag us in your photos! Make sure to use #mooseheadchocolate for a chance to be featured! We can’t wait to see you on February 18th for the 14th Annual Moosehead Lake Chocolate Festival!
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