Let me begin by saying I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas & I hope you have an even better new year! If you are looking to be more adventurous in the New Year, what better way to start it off then by coming to the Moosehead Lake region to go snowmobiling?! The Moosehead Lake region offers over 500 miles of scenic riding and connects to the Maine Interconnecting Trail System for people who want to explore other parts of Maine, New Hampshire, and Canada. You can view a detailed trail map of the area further down in this blog or for a downloadable copy you can visit our website – http://www.mooseheadlake.org/snowmobiling.shtml
For your convenience, many local businesses offer snowmobile and equipment rentals. If you’d like to bring your own sled, some businesses offer repairs, as well as heated storage. For newcomers, some of these agencies also offer a few minutes of instructions on how to use the machines. Below is a list of places to rent from and their pricing.
|The Birches Resort||Rockwood, Maine||(800)825-wild||$175-225 per day||No night riding; 7:30am – 4pm rental time; heated storage for personal sleds.|
|Cozy Moose Lakeside Cabins||Greenville, Maine||(207)695-0242||Call for information|
|Kokadjo Cabins & Trading Post||Kokadjo, Maine||(207)695-3993||Call for information||Fuel, oil, belts, etc. available|
|New England Outdoor Center||Millinocket, Maine||(800)766-7238||Call for information|
|North Country Rivers||Bingham, ME||(800)348-8871||Call for information|
|Northern Outdoors||The Forks, Maine||(800)765-7238||Call for information||Over 30 sleds!|
|Northwoods Outfitters||Greenville, Maine||(866)223-1380||Call for information||Free unlimited miles, free trail map, free full face helmet, etc.|
|Moosehead Motorsports||Greenville Junction , Maine||(207)695-2020||Single and 2-up sleds – $200|
|Moosehead Sled Repair & Rental||Rockwood, Maine||(207)534-2261||$165-185||Multi-day rentals & half day rentals available|
Aside from rental services, guides and tour services are available as well. Below is a list of businesses that offer such services in the Moosehead Lake area.
|The Birches Resort||Rockwood, Maine||(800)825-wild|
|Gray Ghost Camps||Rockwood, Maine||(207)534-7362|
|Higgins Guide Service||Beaver Cove, Maine||(207)514-0243|
|Moose Mountain Inn||Greenville, Maine||(207)695-3321|
|New England Outdoor Center||Millinocket, Maine||(800)766-7238|
|Northern Outdoors||The Forks, Maine||(888)770-7533|
|Northwoods Outfitters||Greenville, Maine||(800)223-1380|
If you are considering sledding in the area, don’t forget to register your sled if you have one. Resident registration is $33 plus a $1 agent fee. These registrations are valid for a year. Non-residents have three options. The first two are available for purchase more than once in any season. These registrations include a 3-consecutive-day registration for $43 plus a $1 agent fee, a 10-consecutive-day registration for $58 plus a $1 agent fee, or a full season registration, which is available for $68 plus a $1 agent fee. For more information about registration you can visit http://www.mainerec.com/snow3.asp?Category=112&PageNum=112. You can also visit http://www.maine.gov/ifw/atv_snowmobile_watercraft/nonres_agents.htm for a list of towns in Maine where registrations are available.
Along our trail system are numerous stops for lunch, snacks, restrooms, and fuel. Here is a detailed map of the area that points out local trails and stops along the way.
Like other recreational activities, snowmobiling does have laws and regulations that you are required to follow. On Maine trails there is no speed limit. However, everyone needs to be considerate of others and use their best judgment. Do Not put yourself or others at risk for injury. Pay attention to snow conditions and conditions of the trail. Watch local news channels for weather updates, and also visit these websites for more information on conditions (http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/nerfc/graphics/snowmaps/sd1_today.jpg ; http://www.connectmaine.com/trailreports/trailrep.html ). Please slow down when you meet fellow sledders on the trail, as well as when you are turning corners, go over bridges, or find rises in the trail. If you cannot control your sled enough to keep it to the right hand side of the trail and stop safely, you are driving too fast and recklessly. Another rule to keep in mind is to use hand signals when on the trails to communicate with other sledders. Here is a chart to help you learn the different hand signals used today.
There are also numerous snowmobile clubs located in the area that you can join to make your snowmobiling experience even more enjoyable. This option may be something for the more avid snowmobiler to consider. However, the clubs do have weekly trips they offer to beginners to introduce them to the sport and get them comfortable and familiar with machines and trails. These clubs also offer events to join with fellow sledders and discuss the sport you all love so much. Some also offer clubhouses for meetings and food to warm your bellies after a long day of sledding. Here is a list of local clubs with their phone numbers so you can call if interested to get more information about fees or other questions you may have.
|Blue Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club||Rockwood, Maine||(207)534-7362|
|Coburn Summit Riders||Parlin Pond, Maine||(207)798-1403|
|E-ville Riders Snowmobile Club||Elliotsville Twp., Maine||WildlifeLodge@aol.com|
|Forks Area Snowmobiling||The Forks, Maine||(800)727-4379|
|Greenville ITS Grooming||Greenville, Maine||Lisa@bridgeriggers.com|
|Maine Snowmobile Association||Augusta, Maine||(207)622-6983|
|Moosehead Riders Snowmobile Club||Greenville, Maine||(207)695-4561|
|New England Outdoor Center||Millinocket, Maine||(800)766-7238|
|North Country Rivers||Bingham, Maine||(800)348-8871|
|Northern Outdoors||The Forks, Maine||(800)765-7238|
|Wilsons on Moosehead Lake||Greenville Jct., Maine||(207)695-2549|
Depending on what kind of vacation you are looking for, we have many accommodations to choose from. If you are looking for extravagant and elegant lodges, we have them. Or if you’re looking for quiet and quaint locations, we have those too. We have everything you are looking for in your winter wonderland getaway. Please contact us for a vacation guide to view a detailed list of the many lodges and hotels we have to offer at (888)-876-2778 or visit our website www.moosheadlake.org .
So whether you are a passionate snowmobiler or a beginner, the Moosehead Lake area has a great selection of activities to choose from. Contact us for more information or questions you may have about creating the perfect snowmobiling vacation for you and your family and friends. Also visit our Facebook and Twitter accounts to see what upcoming winter events and activities may interest you!