Moose Watching

Many people come to Moosehead in search of our most famous resident---the moose. Here are some facts and tips that will help you to get a glimpse of these magnificent creatures. We encourage you to try a guided moose safari with one of our local businesses. Their Registered Maine Guides can take you to the best places and practically guarantee a sighting for you, plus entertain you with a good laugh and some fun local stories along the way.

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 3 to 1.
    • 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 the mating season.

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 along your way 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! Trips can range from a few hours to a whole day event.