Maine Adventure Vacations & Things to Do

One of the most exciting aspects of going on a vacation is exploring a new area. The Lodge at Moosehead Lake provides extensive expertise to be sure your visit is highly enjoyable and authentic to the North Woods and Greenville Maine. From custom designed excursions like our and, Lake, and Air Adventure to our one of a kind Call of the Wild trips, we are here to help turn your Moosehead Lake adventures into memories of a lifetime when you stay with us. Call our Guest Services Coordinator for help in arranging your ultimate lodging, dining, and adventure package today!

Below you’ll find a selection of things to see and nearby adventures with local tour guides and companies that we have vetted out for you. Below you’ll find a selection of things to see and nearby adventures with local tour guides and companies that we have vetted out for you. If you don’t want to handle reserving and setting up an adventure yourself, call guest services or visit our Packages page. With our Adventure Packages we handle everything from booking to getting you out on your adventure for the day of plus unforgettable dining!

Begin the Adventure:

Moose Safari

The Northwoods of Maine are considered by many to be the best Moose viewing in the world; enjoy a private truck journey to remote mountain locations where a Maine Guide will help you explore the natural resources of the area. Each of our Moosehead Lake moose tours are four hours and leave the Lodge based on guide availability, seasonality and daylight hours. For an additional fee, trip can include up to 4 people (max).

Price for 1-2: start at $400

Availability: Our Moosehead Lake moose tours are offered June 1 through October 6th to lodge guests only, and requires 2 night stay. *Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. 3rd party gift certificates cannot be used for this package.

Seaplane Ride

Enjoy an eagle’s eye view of nature’s splendor. There is no better way to view the Moosehead region than by air. A seaplane takes off and lands on the water. With an eagle’s eye view you can truly appreciate the spectacular scenery and vastness of this forty by twenty mile lake and surrounding mountains. Who knows, you might even see a moose! Make your reservation while at our Greenville, ME hotel – weather dependent. Consider a seaplane for a remote fishing expedition from the Lodge or a day of canoeing, lunch on the beach and flight back. You’ll fall in love with this historic transportation experience.  If you’re a seaplane enthusiast, be sure to mark your calendar for the International Seaplane Fly-in – the weekend after Labor Day in September every year. Pricing starts at $100 per person.

ATV Riding

Challenge the rugged North woods terrain when you get out and explore the backcountry of the Moosehead Lake Region! The North woods is the largest undeveloped forest in the northeast. Maine ATV trails provide hundreds of miles of open terrain, incredible scenery and awesome riding for all skill sets. For the best experience, hire a guide to find those secret spots. All riders should wear long pants, durable footwear, and long sleeve shirts. Rates are based on single or double machines, ½ or full day tours. Private or small group trips are available. Damage deposits are required. Call for pricing.

Canoeing & Kayaking Trips

Discovering the waterways! Of all the rivers to explore, the West Outlet on Moosehead Lake is one of the best. This is a great river for a relaxing paddle. The waterway consists of scenic ponds, quick water and class 1 white water (the lowest level). Along the shore you are also sure to spot nesting bald eagles, scampering beavers or otters, and even loons calling; you may encounter a mighty moose feeding on underwater vegetation. For the fisherman, this river offers some of the best bass and trout fishing in the region. It is not unusual to catch small-mouth bass in the 3-5 pound range or trout up to 14 inches, so be sure to bring your fishing rod and a license. Call for pricing.

Katahdin Boat Cruise

A cruise on Moosehead Lake turns back time. Experience a leisurely three hour cruise while listening to the history of the Moosehead Lake region. Built in 1914 by Bath Iron Works in Maine, the Katahdin has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Originally steam-powered and used to tow booms of logs, she was converted to diesel in 1922.

The cruise schedule runs from the end of June to the first of October, typically Tuesday through Saturday. The Katahdin offers both indoor and outdoor seating. Prices start at $50 per person.

White Water Rafting

Mild to wild with breathtaking views and pure fun! You’ll find some of the best white water rafting in New England with breathtaking scenery and pure fun. There are several scenic trips to choose from, all different levels of difficulty from a mellow Class 1 to a challenging Class V.

The Kennebec is ideal for first time rafters and offers 12 miles of flats and deep water. Upper Kennebec gorge is where you’ll ride thrilling rollercoaster waves from 4 to 8 feet high. The Penobscot River is one of the most spectacular and challenging river experiences in the Eastern U.S. Rapids on the Penobscot River are short with sheer drops plunging into calm pools. The Ripogenous Gorge section is most turbulent, dropping over 70 feet per mile through a narrow, granite walled canyon with advance Class V rapids. The South Branch of the Penobscot Canada Falls Section may be Maine’s most challenging and exciting river run; it’s steep, narrow, technical, and unforgiving. Pricing starts at $106 per person, based on skill level. 30 day cancellation policy.

Contact us for more info.

B52 Trip

On January 24,1963, a US Air Force B-52C with nine crew on board crashed on Elephant Mountain in Greenville Maine, killing seven crew members. The two survivors suffered temperatures dipping to -28 degrees Fahrenheit and 5 feet of snow before being rescued. The crash site was located the next day using snowshoes, dog sleds and snowmobiles.

At the crash site memorial visitors will find pieces of the plane scattered on the forest floor and in the limbs of trees. Among the wreckage you will find twisted metal, shredded wheels, rusted machinery components, wires and the partially intact tail cone. The B52 Memorial site is a somber reminder of both the survivors and those who lost their lives at the site.

The roads in to the B52 site are not always maintained and can be treacherous. We recommend you have a guide in a sturdy vehicle to traverse this terrain. Your guide will pick up and return you to the Lodge at Moosehead Lake. You will travel roughly 8 miles on dirt roads in the comfort of your guide’s sturdy vehicle. Each tour lasts 2-3 hours and includes some of the most stunning views of Moosehead Lake on the return.

While this is a self-guided tour through the memorial site your guide will remain close by for questions and assistance. Trip available beginning June 1. Trip also includes the paperback book, “The Final Mission-The North Woods”, by Joseph R. Wax. $245 for Two people

Moosehead Lake Swimming

For many, the image of Maine’s water is its 3,500 miles of coastline, yet inland there are more than 2,500 lakes and ponds across the state. The largest of which is our beloved Moosehead Lake. Beat the heat with summertime swimming fun in Moosehead Lake. The Lake’s clear, deep, cool water temperature reaches the mid-70s, making it the perfect place to cool off. 

Popular Swimming Spots:

  • Behind Mt. Kineo there is a well-loved pebble beach on the island with a rope swing and swimming area. 
  • Lily Bay State Park amenities include a swim beach, playground, 2 boat ramps with boat slips, and a 2-mile shoreline walking trail.
  • Red Cross Beach in downtown Greenville has a lifeguard on duty during specific summer hours.
  • The Greenville Junction Wharf includes a lakeside playground and beach.
  • Monson Public Beach off Blanchard Road has a sandy beach with floats you can swim to and jump off of. 
  • Little Wilson Falls in Monson is part of the Appalachian Trail and include pools perfect for swimming. Please be careful: the rocks around the pools can be very slippery.

Longfellow Mountain Range

Miles and miles of shoreline surrounded by the Longfellow Mountain Range make the views spectacular. There are over 80 islands in the lake, the largest being Sugar Island, just North of the Lodge. During the last glacial era, more than 1,200 natural lakes and ponds were carved into the landscape, varying in size from one acre ponds to Moosehead Lake, at 74,890 acres, one of the largest natural freshwater lakes in the United States. Use the link below to learn more and plan your visit.

Mount Kineo

Mount Kineo, a great day hike, has 700 foot cliffs rising straight up from the Lake. It has attracted visitors for centuries, including American Indians seeking its flint called hornstone for making fires. Various wildlife species dwell among its cliffs and talus slopes including peregrine falcons and rare plants. Pebble Beach is a favorite swimming spot, and the there’s also a golf course on the island. Don’t forget to order the lodge picnic lunch to complete your day. Explore New England has produced a great video short highlighting a visit to Mt. Kineo: play video, or learn more at

Lily Bay State Park

Lily Bay State Park is a public recreation area located along the east shore of Moosehead Lake just 9 miles north of Greenville and 10 minutes from the Lodge. The 925-acre park offers fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Lily Bay State Park and the surrounding area offer exceptional wildlife and landscape viewing opportunities. Anglers come to to fish for Brook Trout, Land Locked Salmon, Lake Trout and Smallmouth Bass. There are miles of walking trails within the park, and it is a jumping off point for various day hikes in the neighboring territory. For those simply wishing to play and picnic, the park hosts a spacious beach complete with swimming area, playground, picnic tables, grills, and room to play.

Destination Moosehead Lake

Breathtaking vistas, abundant wildlife, unique shops, and warm people await your visit to the Moosehead Lake Region. Discover all there is to see and do:

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