February 23rd, 2021
MAJESTIC MOOSEHEAD LAKE, with its 400 miles of undeveloped shoreline, surrounding mountain peaks and expansive views, provides an inspiring backdrop to escape the everyday fast pace of life. The winter months and the abundant snowfall open up a spectacular opportunity to explore back-country trails and frozen bodies of water. Wildlife abounds on trails and it is common to see moose, deer, wild turkeys and many woodland animals up close and personal.
If cross-country skiing or snowshoeing is your winter sport choice, you can enjoy your passion on nearly 25 miles of packed and groomed trails in the pristine Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and winter hiking are permitted on ungroomed trails, but it is recommended that only experienced individuals use the ungroomed trails as the terrain is often steep and uneven.
Snowmobiling is allowed on approximately 22 miles of trails within the National Monument. Local snowmobile clubs are responsible for the management of snowmobiling activities. For current local trail conditions check out The Maine Snowmobile Association’s website www.mesnow.com.
Ice fishing and winter camping opportunities are also available in the Katahdin Woods and Water National Monument. Reservations are required for walk-in primitive tent sites, and lean-tos, as well as for bunk space in primitive community huts. Winter campers must be prepared for extreme weather conditions, follow a carry in/carry out trash policy, and only use downed wood gathered in the area by the campsite for a campfire. To register contact Susan Adams, EPI Recreation Manager: 207-852-1291, firstname.lastname@example.org
Consider treating yourself to an authentic winter adventure of dogsledding. Contact Don and Angel Hibbs, expert dog mushers, who operate Maine Dogsledding Adventure at (207) 731-8885 or by email: email@example.com. Special ½-day to 2-day tours provide a unique experience for families and winter adventurers. Mush 10-12 miles in the wilderness near Baxter State Park. Everyone gets a turn on the runners driving the sleds!
You have great choices in accommodations for your winter getaway in the Katahdin Region. In Medway, you will find the Gateway Inn conveniently located just off the Interstate. Your canine companions are always welcome. Enjoy a continental breakfast before you head off for a day on the trail. River’s Edge Motel lets you sled from your door to an on-site trail, After a day on the trail. Enjoy a sensational pizza or some other wonderful appetizing dish prepared on the premises to please any palate. In Millinocket you will find the iconic Katahdin Inn & Suites. Here you will enjoy a large heated pool, hot tub, exercise, game and play room area, plus a business center, if you need to check back on work while away. You will also enjoy a continental breakfast, and yes, they are pet friendly.
For more information contact: The Katahdin Region Chamber of Commerce: 207-723-4443.