Mount Kineo from Moosehead Lake, photo: Carey Kish

Moosehead Lake: a destination high above the rest

LOCATED OVER 1000 FEET ABOVE THE LEVEL OF THE SEA LIES THE WORLD-FAMOUS MOOSEHEAD LAKE. Surrounded by majestic mountain peaks, Moosehead Lake is a destination high above the rest. Home to an abundant population of moose, this part of Maine announces its grandeur at first sight. Indian Hill at Greenville offers a stunning glimpse of this deep lake and the endless mountain range that lies ahead. A warm community of quaint shops, local eateries and waterfront gardens welcome you in downtown Greenville, Maine.

Guide Outposts are plentiful and can provide you with a northern exposure adventure of a lifetime. Moose safaris are best enjoyed by canoe and NorthEast Guide Service can provide you with the experience, knowledge and perfect setting for an authentic Maine wildlife tour or whitewater rafting trip along the rapids of the Penobscot & Kennebec Rivers. Fly fishermen of all ages and abilities can also take to the water. Wading, drift boat or inflatable raft, Wilson’s on Moosehead Lake can show you what they do best in the cool headwaters of the Kennebec River and Indian Pond.

Moosehead Lake, Cathy Genthner

Photo: Cathy Genthner

A short drive up the eastern side of Moosehead Lake leads you to Blair Hill. The most magnificent views are found here as well as the finest dining, at the Blair Hill Inn & Spa. The road continues to Lily Bay State Park, a resource for recreational trails, day and overnight camping and Moosehead’s most popular public beach. Just beyond Lily Bay, half way up Moosehead Lake is the small town of Kokadjo, population “not many.” This is where the pavement ends and the North Maine Woods begin. ATV trails abound as do the mountain hikes that are found here in Maine’s Hundred Mile Wilderness. Number 4, Whitecap, Gulf Hagas and the B52 Memorial Crash Site are just a few of the hikes that are found on Moosehead’s east side.

Opposite Kokadjo on the west side, lies the town of Rockwood, the heart of Moosehead Lake. Rockwood’s location makes it the best for boating opportunities. Here you will find a full service Moosehead Marina for all of your watercraft needs. Motorized and non-motorized boats can be rented at The Birches Resort or Lawrence’s Lakeside Cabins. No visit to Rockwood would be complete without a visit to Mount Kineo State Park. Accessible only by boat, shuttle transportation can be found for a fee at the Kineo Docks. A beginner hike will lead you the fire tower at the summit, giving a 360 degree panoramic view of the entire lake. Mount Kineo is also home to one of the most historic and scenic 9-hole golf courses in all of New England.

A short walk across the carriage trails leads you to Pebble Beach, the most beautiful beach on Moosehead. Pebble Beach sits under the 750 foot flint cliffs of Mount Kineo. A rope swing and smooth stones that you cannot find anywhere else set this beach apart from them all. Private sailing and lake fishing charters depart daily at Gray Ghost Camps. A sunset sail and an evening spent around the campfire is the perfect way to end any day on Moosehead Lake. For more information visit

For just short of a century, Maynard’s In Maine has provided their guests with outstanding wilderness experiences in addition to excellent bungalow style cabin accommodations and great dining with wholesome fresh farm foods prepared to perfection. The Moosehead area offers outstanding landlocked salmon, trout and togue fishing. Recently, Billy Maynard landed a 29.67 lb Togue on Moosehead Lake measuring 41” long. His huge catch beats the old Moosehead Lake record set in 1961 of a 28 pound 12 ounce togue. The area’s large, pristine forests provide excellent cover for deer, bear and small game and make it an outstanding hunting region. Here guests at Maynard’s will find a real pearl in the North Woods. For additional information, call (207) 534-7703 or visit the Maynard’s in Maine website.

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