Canoeing, Kayaking and Rowing
The Moosehead Lake Region has more fresh water to
wander in than any other location throughout the state of Maine.
Lakes, rivers, and ponds are scattered throughout the region, offering
many places to paddle.
Pristine ponds are fun to explore---when paddling
in the early morning or at dusk you are likely to catch a glimpse
of a moose. Moosehead Lake, scattered with islands, coves
and peninsulas creates an exciting, multi-day journey for experienced
paddlers. The waters of Moosehead can change very quickly so be
aware of the conditions.
If you are seeking privacy and solitude for canoeing
and kayaking, scores of smaller lakes, ponds and rivers await you.
Some of our favorites are the Wilson Ponds, Prong Pond,
First Roach Pond, Brassua Lake, Mountain View Pond,
Sawyer Pond, and Indian Pond. These all offer public
launching sites. Please note that Sawyer Pond has a 150' carry in.
For those of you who would like to experience the beauty and tranquility
of quietly gliding across a pond and getting close to the wildlife
that calls this area their home, you may rent equipment at local
shops in town. Some offer pick-up and delivery service to your destination.
A serene and scenic day trip down The West Outlet
to the Kennebec River will reward you with good fishing and
wildlife viewing. This trip requires that you have a shuttle service
at the end, from Indian Pond back up to the head of the river on
Route 15. The West Branch of the Penobscot River offers options
for two to seven day camping trips. This river meanders through
some of the most beautiful and pristine wilderness in the country.
It takes you to remote lakes such as Lobster Lake and Chesuncook
Lake, which boasts a small village of hardy Mainers who can
only get to their homes by boat or seaplane. There are several places
on the West Branch for putting-in and taking-out, but the best trips
are with a shuttle service or a guide service. Land use gate fees
are charged when traveling over timber company lands to get to some
of these destinations.
The Moosehead Region Chamber of Commerce holds a
Rowing Regatta every spring, part of the Moose Mainea month
long celebration. This 4.5 mile open water triangular course is
a lot of fun for both experienced and novice rowers. There are also
canoeing and kayaking races on the Moose River and the Piscataquis
River in the spring. See the Events Calendar for details.