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 private moose safaris to one of a kind seaplane rides, we are here to help turn your Moosehead Lake adventures into memories of a lifetime.
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, visit our Packages page. With our Adventure Packages we handle everything from booking to getting you out on your adventure on the day of – plus breakfast or snack lunch!
Begin the Adventure:
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. Tours range from $45 – $175 per person (no credit cards)
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. ATV trails close November 15th each year.
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.
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. Canoes and kayaks can be rented at numerous locations in the area at $35 to $45 dollars a day.
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.
White Water Rafting – Shirley, ME
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.
Accounts of Greenville lore document the history of Red Paint People from 3,000 to 6,000 years ago. The unique Mt. Kineo flint was sought after by Indian tribes that migrated through the area to use for arrowheads. The renowned naturalist, Henry David Thoreau, visited this area of Maine. One can also learn the logging industry of Maine, history of the luxury Mt. Kineo hotel and today’s tourism industry.
The Moosehead Historical Museum offers tours from June through September on Wednesday through Friday from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. The rich and fascinating history is what makes the Moosehead Lake region truly unique. Many pictures of day’s long gone are displayed throughout the Lodge.
The Lodge at Moosehead Lake is a 4 season destination! Join us this winter for bourbon sampling by the fire, campfires overlooking the lake, stargazing, comfort food, and of course, unforgettable lodging and adventure. You may choose to curl up and take it slow on your winter escape, or you may want to head out and build a snowman! Winter activities include snowshoeing, snowmobiling, skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing frozen waterfalls, ice fishing, dog sledding and more. Visit us any season, you’ll find lots to do and warm hospitality!
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. Explore New England has produced a great video short highlighting a visit to Mt. Kineo: play video, or learn more at VisitMaine.com
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.
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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