Nestled among scenic mountain ranges, Moosehead Lake in Maine is the largest lake east of the Mississippi contained within one state. Moosehead Lake's island studded waters stretch as far as the eye can see and are surrounded by vast forested wilderness.
Located at the doorstep of Maine's great north woods, the Moosehead Lake region is steeped in history. Henry David Thoreau explored the region with Indian guides in the mid-1800's. A century ago, fashionable visitors arrived by train and summered at the grand hotels on the shores of Moosehead Lake's clear blue waters to escape the heat, noise and crowds of city life. The mid-1900's brought the flourishing logging industry, when the rivers were jammed with logs being driven downstream, and steamships towed huge booms laden with logs down the length of Moosehead Lake. Through each of these eras, Moosehead Lake has lured those seeking the beauty and serenity of this pristine wilderness.
Until recently, Moosehead Lake was an insider's secret, a place known to Maine families, hard-core sportsmen and down-hill skiers. Today, Moosehead Lake is quietly becoming the destination for eco-tourists, nature lovers, and those seeking a refuge from the bustle and stress of their busy lives. Our pristine waters draw those wishing to explore nature. Experience the wonders of the Moosehead Lake Region by kayak or canoe; go fly fishing; relax on a scenic cruise on the historic steamship Katahdin; or feel the adrenaline rush of shooting the rapids on our world class white water rafting rivers.
Our beautiful mountains offer hiking experiences for all abilities (including a stretch of the Appalachian Trail), as well as bird watching, scenic vistas, mountain biking, skiing, snowmobiling, ATV adventures, and ice climbing. And of course, some of the finest Moose watching in the country is right outside our door! Click here to listen to the haunting cry of the loon and picture yourself at your own private retreat on Moosehead Lake. We'll be waiting for you!
Only 1 1/2 hours from Bangor and 3 hours from Portland, Moosehead Lake is closer than you think. From camping on the lake's shores to a room in a world class inn, Moosehead Lake is for everyone. In any season, treat yourself and your family to a vacation that you'll always remember.