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Family adventure abounds in the Moosehead Lake Region. There are numerous outdoor activities for the whole family including hiking trails, beaches, and phenomenal wildlife watching! Take your family snowmobiling, skiing, or snowshoeing in the winter season! Your family will be astounded by the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you on your excursion. Historical sightseeing, museums, and guided tours are just some of the educational opportunities available in the region. Also accessible to the public are the athletic fields and facilities at Greenville High School. They offer an ice skating rink, skateboard park, rollerblade oval, walking/running track, tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, and a basketball court. The summer rec department offers classes for your children including arts and crafts, drama, swimming lessons, tennis, soccer, basketball, and much more. The Natural Resource Education Center offers programs for children to learn about activities such as canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and hiking, just to name a few! The next time your family plans a vacation consider the Moosehead Lake Region for the outdoor fun your family deserves!
The Moosehead Historical Society
The Moosehead Historical Society & Museums showcases the cultural heritage of the Moosehead Lake region and its people. Come & visit The Center for Moosehead History, the Moosehead Aviation Museum & Native–American exhibit, downtown Greenville. The story of the tragic B–52 crash on Elephant Mtn. is also told there. The Lumberman’s Museum and guided tours of the Eveleth–Crafts–Sheridan House are on our main campus, Greenville Junction. Our extensive collection of photos and history about Moosehead’s people & places are also open to the public. Opening this year: Moosehead’s Outdoor Heritage. For more info, see: www.mooseheadhistory.org or call 207–695–2909.
The Depot, with its signature architecture, known as the witches hat, played an important part in the economic and social history of Moosehead Lake. This portion of track, known as the “Short Line,” connected Montreal with the Port of St. John New Brunswick. The Depot was a stop for travelers and celebrities coming to enjoy the vacation amenities of Moosehead Lake, as well as the loggers and woodsmen working the vast forests.The 1889 Victorian Canadian Pacific Depot is undergoing a transformation from the Most Endangered Historical Building to a Community Event Center. It is also listed on the National Register of Historical Buildings. Visit The Depot online!
The B-52 Memorial
In January of 1963, a B-52 bomber crashed during training maneuvers. All but two crew members perished, and those two survivors spent a cold night in blizzard conditions on remote Elephant Mountain before being discovered. The people of Greenville have preserved the site and the wreckage in honor of the men aboard this flight. Each year in January, a group snowmobile ride and a memorial service is held at the site. In the warmer months, this is also a brief, low-impact walk and takes place on a level manicured path.
The Moosehead Lake Region offers many exciting opportunities for hunters of all ages. Our region teems with wildlife and affords hunters a vast amount of open hunting terrain in which to spend a few hours, a day, or a week chasing their bounty. Ruffed grouse, rabbit, wild turkeys, deer, bear, and moose abound around Moosehead Lake.
There are many reputable local guides to help you achieve the best hunting experience possible. If this is your first time to the Moosehead area or you would just like a little more expertise, we recommend the use of a guide.
Be sure that you have a hunting license and an up-to-date hunting regulation book from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. You may also visit this website to apply for special hunting permits. Resident and Non-Resident licenses are available at many area establishments as well.
There are a variety of downtown shops including antiques, boutiques, galleries and specialty retailers. If you’re looking for something unique, keep your eyes open for the stores big and small around the region. From craft fairs to farmers markets, the downtown shopping experience always has something new and
refreshing to explore. Take a seat on our benches, grab lunch or some ice cream while taking in the southern most point of the lake.
Shopping is not just on the downtown strip! Make sure to explore up both sides of the lake and into Monson to catch all the local shops!
Let’s get a little mud on the tires!
Moosehead Lake’s local ATV trail volunteers do an incredible job of maintaining well marked trails throughout our region! You can ride from Greenville to The Forks, Rockwood and even Kokadjo to get a real backcountry experience! The adventures are truly endless with ponds, moose sightings and mountains to
explore! The trail systems make it possible to go out for just a couple hours of fun or make it a full day expedition. Don’t own an ATV? No problem! Rent one from one of our local businesses!
Trails open in late spring to when the trails close for snowmobile traffic only in late fall. Call closer to the season for specific trail dates. Greenville allows ATV to travel through the main parts of town, allowing riders to access restaurants and shops. Riders can also park their trailers and ride from the any of the rec
trailheads from Greenville Junction to the East Outlet. REMEMBER: Respect all landowners and their property. Always stay on marked trails. Bring one of our ATV maps and have an awesome time!
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Our small pond, eastern brook trout fishery attracts anglers from far and wide. There are forty ponds within a one hour’s drive of downtown Greenville. Many are road side with easy canoe or kayak access or you may choose to hike into the many back country ponds where your only visitor may be one of the many moose
and deer that call this region home.
Fifteen minutes from Greenville on the west side of Moosehead Lake you’ll find the East Outlet of the Kennebec River, a beautiful three mile fly fishing only river famous for its landlocked salmon and brook trout fishery. Another ten miles up Rt 6/15 puts you on the West Outlet of the Kennebec and its wonderful
smallmouth angling. Ten more minutes and you’re on the Moose River, in the quaint lakeside village of Rockwood, a tail water fishery that holds landlocked salmon and brookies throughout the season. Twenty miles up the eastern side of Moosehead you’ll find the tiny town of Kokadjo (population not many) and the
headwaters of the Roach River another fly fishing only, catch and release river winding six miles through remote undeveloped land emptying into Moosehead Lake. Fly fishermen from all walks of life make annual trips to Kokadjo for the fall spawning run of landlocked salmon and big brook trout.
Be sure to have a valid fishing license before you head out on Maine’s beautiful waters. You can buy a license online or from one of our local vendors. Visit Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for more information!
Get off the beaten path and explore the many places the region has to offer, but not accessible with 4 wheels.
Moosehead Lake is full of spectacular hikes, from casual day hikes to serious
The Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit challenges hikers to summit six of the region’s most popular mountains, earning a badge and certificate once conquered. There is no time limit, yet those looking for a challenge can complete all six hikes in 48 hours to earn the Ultra badge!
The Northwoods Wellness Collective organizes group hikes year-round and invites anyone to join!
Our region is also host to a portion of the Appalachian Trail’s 100 Mile Wildness. Whether you’re starting your journey or completing a through-hike, you’re sure to enjoy this historical trail. Stop in to the Appalachian Trail Visitor Center for more information.
Whatever your ability, the majestic views and variety of choice will thrill those who love exploring the mesmerizing Maine wilderness!
PLEASE REMEMBER: Take only pictures and leave only footprints!
Be the moose. Feel like a moose. Know intimately the life of a moose. AND take lots of awesome photos so you can post them on social!
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!
Enjoy a birds eye view!
Enjoy a seaplane ride over Maine’s largest lake! The woods, lakes, mountains, and ponds stretch as far as the eye can see. You can even spot wildlife that could easily be missed on the ground. Give yourself a new perspective, and come fly with us over Moosehead Lake!
Airplanes hold a very special place in the history of Moosehead Lake, and its heritage is celebrated every year at the International Seaplane Fly-in. Book your accommodations today, they fill up fast!
Whether you hit an eagle or a bogie, you’ll always enjoy spectacular views.
With lake and mountain views at nearly every angle, Moosehead Lake is home to a couple of the oldest golf courses in New England! Although our courses are small, they offer cart and club rentals with no tee time required! Come enjoy your vacation without the hassle of traveling with your clubs and take in some of the
most incredible mountain and lake views as you tee off!
Mount Kineo Golf Course – 9 Hole, Par 36, 3000+ yards
The Mt Kineo Golf Course is located on Moosehead Lake and is thought to be the second oldest course in New England, built in the 1880’s. Kineo itself was famous among indigenous people for “kineo flint” which was used to make fire and arrowheads. In 1846, Henry David Thoreau climbed Kineo with a Native American guide. The course was built along side of the Kineo House, which at one time was the largest inland waterfront hotel in America. The hotel is long since gone but the beauty of the island remains with Mount Kineo as the centerpiece, rising 1798 feet above the shores of Moosehead Lake from it’s summit. Each hole on this nine hole course is a challenge and will test the clubs in your bag. The most scenic hole is the fourth, par 3, 138 yards, over water to a green nestled at the base of Mount Kineo.
Squaw Mountain Village Golf Course – 9 Hole, Par 34, 2300+ yards
Not far from Greenville Junction, the Squaw Mountain Village Golf Course offers terrific views and challenging play for golfers of all experience levels. The course’s short par 3s appear simple on paper, but don’t be fooled as their small greens require a skilled shot. Built in 1922, the Squaw Mountain Village Golf
Course is a great choice for your regular rounds of golf or a new destination for you and friends when visiting the Moosehead Lake Region.
WHITE WATER ADVENTURE
With daily hydropower dam releases, Maine is known for its high water levels and world class whitewater rapids even during the driest of summers. Moosehead Lake is situated right between the Kennebec, Penobscot, and Dead rivers, the heart of Maine’s best white water rafting.
Join in the fun and go whitewater rafting when you visit Moosehead where no experience is necessary. From wild to mild, choose your own adventure! Take a scenic family trip, a thrilling high-splash excursion, or anything in between.
Enjoy the sights as you cut through the powder at Big Squaw Mountain. The mountain first opened for skiing in 1963 with a Hall T-bar climbing 600ft and just four trails! It has since expanded and has become a symbol of Moosehead heritage and perseverance. Currently, the mountain is maintained and operated
by volunteers, who run a full service ski resort complete with rentals, lessons, and racing center.
The Moosehead Lake region offers many cross country ski trails. Make a day trip to the loop trail at Big Squaw Ski Resort, or spend an afternoon on the trails at NREC. No gear? No problem! Northwoods Outfitters offers full package cross-country ski packages right in Greenville!
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 Interconnected Trail System for those avid riders who want to explore other parts of Maine, New Hampshire, and even ride into Canada.
Towns along the trail system welcome snowmobilers, and provide refreshments, and shopping. Guide Services and equipment rentals are available in many local establishments, where you can count on great local riding advice as well. The best ride of your life may be a thrilling guided off-trail ride that will take you where no tracks have ever been. Trail condition reports are easily accessible through the Maine Snowmobile Association and will help you ascertain the safety of the ice on the many ponds and lakes crossed by the trails. The most reliable conditions are from mid January to mid March, but this does vary depending on