What are the best things to see and do in Moosehead Lake?

Rachel Bowie

A visit to Moosehead Lake, Maine, is about one thing: getting in touch with nature. Check out this list from our Forbes Travel Guide editors on the best things to see and do in this outdoor refuge.
 
1. Spend time sightseeing around Moosehead Lake. You can explore the area on your own or sign up for a tour of the area with a registered guide (we recommend trying the Northeast Guide Service). You won’t believe the views — and wildlife — you’ll see along the way.

2. A floatplane tour of the area is the best way to see the lake’s miles and miles of deep-blue waters and all the attractions (Mount Kineo, Prong Pond) that surround it. Currier’s Flying Service offers customizable scenic tours so you can see exactly what you want during your visit.

3. During the summer, explore Moosehead Lake by boat, canoe or kayak and bask at the sheer size of the lake. At 40 miles long and 20 miles wide at its largest point, it’s massive, offering plenty of territory to cover and explore. Lots of local businesses offer boat rentals and there’s a public boat launch in the center of Moosehead Lake. If you’re in the area during the winter, temperatures may drop a bit, but there’s still a lot to do. Local businesses provide supplies and equipment for ice fishing, snowmobiling, skating, cross-country skiing and more.

4. Learn more about the history of Moosehead Lake with a visit to the Moosehead Historical Society and Museums. Sign up for guided tours of attractions such as the Eveleth-Crafts-Sheridan Historical House, Carriage House, Barn and Lumberman’s Museum. Information about the Center for Moosehead History and the Aviation Museum is also available there. The Moosehead Marine Museum is another spot worth visiting during your trip. It features steamboat memorabilia and offers complimentary daily cruises of the lake during the summer on the Katahdin, the last remaining steamboat.

5. Finally, be sure to visit Lily Bay State Park on Moosehead Lake. It’s a destination for outdoor recreation, offering everything from hiking and canoeing to fishing and wildlife. The 925-acre park is home to 90 campsites, a sandy swimming beach, playground and a two-mile shoreline trail. It’s also an access point for a variety of Moosehead Lake attractions such as Mount Kineo and Prong Pond.

  • On November 2, 2012
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    What are the best annual events in Moosehead Lake?

    The International Seaplane Fly-In is an annual event that takes place every fall in Moosehead Lake, Maine. It got its start in 1973 when a few Moosehead Lake pilots decided to start a tradition of weekend fun and flying. If you’re in town in early September, expect to see aviation history up close — in addition to Cessnas, Cubs and Beavers, many classic and experimental seaplanes have been known to appear at this legendary event. Combine the International Seaplane Fly-In weekend with a visit to the Aviation Museum in Moosehead Lake. Your whole family will enjoy seeing a small piece of the history and adventure that makes this area proud.
  • On November 2, 2012
    Rachel Bowie answered the question: Rachel Bowie

    Are there any annual events that I should be on the lookout for when planning a visit to Moosehead Lake, Maine?

    The International Seaplane Fly-In is an annual event that takes place every fall in Moosehead Lake, Maine. It got its start in 1973 when a few Moosehead Lake pilots decided to start a tradition of weekend fun and flying. If you’re in town in early September, expect to see aviation history up close — in addition to Cessnas, Cubs and Beavers, many classic and experimental seaplanes have been known to appear at this legendary event. Combine the International Seaplane Fly-In weekend with a visit to the Aviation Museum in Moosehead Lake. Your whole family will enjoy seeing a small piece of the history and adventure that makes this area proud.
  • On November 2, 2012
    Rachel Bowie answered the question: Rachel Bowie

    Are there any annual events that I should be on the lookout for when planning a visit to Moosehead Lake, Maine?

    The International Seaplane Fly-In is an annual event that takes place every fall in Moosehead Lake, Maine. It got its start in 1973 when a few Moosehead Lake pilots decided to start a tradition of weekend fun and flying. If you’re in town in early September, expect to see aviation history up close — in addition to Cessnas, Cubs and Beavers, many classic and experimental seaplanes have been known to appear at this legendary event. Combine the International Seaplane Fly-In weekend with a visit to the Aviation Museum in Moosehead Lake. Your whole family will enjoy seeing a small piece of the history and adventure that makes this area proud.
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  • On November 2, 2012
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    What is the best thing to bring home from Moosehead Lake?

    The best thing to bring home from a trip to Moosehead Lake, Maine, is something locally made. Walk through town and spend time browsing the number of local craft shops and stores. You never know what one-of-a-kind item you’ll find. And since there are not many places where you can see a real live moose, you’ll want to bring home a photo as proof. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to snap a quick picture during a moose safari, an adventure offered by many local businesses and resorts.
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    What are the best Moosehead Lake food experiences?

    With all the outdoor fun you’ll be having around Moosehead Lake, you’ll need some serious sustenance. Here’s where you can find it. 
     
    1. Blair Hill Inn & Restaurant. You can’t beat the views at this waterfront fine-dining restaurant. The five-course menus focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients using the finest local meats and seafood. Open from mid-June through mid-October, allow time before your reservation to watch the sunset from the verandah overlooking Moosehead Lake—you won’t regret it.

    2. Kelly’s Landing. This is the go-to spot for locals in between fishing and other outdoor adventures. Grab a beer and relax on the deck, or slide into a booth and chow down on the fisherman’s platter.  

    3. The Black Frog. This restaurant and pub is located right on the edge of Moosehead Lake, offering beautiful views and a relaxed ambiance that both locals and out-of-towners love. Choose from a range of specialty beers or order something else from the full bar. Dinner here is also a treat—favorite dishes include the Buffalo wings and ribs.

    4. The Lodge at Moosehead Lake. One of the best dining experiences in the area, the restaurant inside the lodge features fresh and local ingredients in chowder, stuffed trout, Maine crab cakes and other dishes. Plan to stay for a drink at Chloe’s Pub.

    5. Greenville Inn. Choose from two different rooms when you make a reservation at the Victorian inn. The first, the Shaw Room, features fireside dining; the second, the Parlor Room, offers Victorian-style elegance. But no matter where you sit, the stunning views of Moosehead Lake are the same. Dishes include pork tenderloin with braised pork belly and potato galette in a chestnut jus.
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    Where is the best nightlife in Moosehead Lake?

    Expect a different type of nightlife in Moosehead Lake. Aside from a handful of pubs, this small town in the woods of Maine is quiet after dark. There are a few places where you can enjoy a glass of wine or beer while watching the moonlight shine down on the lake. The Black Frog is a local favorite, situated at the foot of East Cove, the southern most point of the lake. Chloe’s Pub inside The Lodge at Moosehead Lake also offers a low-key and rustic experience complete with a full bar and pool table.
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    What is the best way to see Moosehead Lake in one day?

    If you’re only in Moosehead Lake, Maine for one day, our advice is to focus on exploring the lake. The largest body of fresh water in Maine, Moosehead Lake is a place where nature is completely preserved. Take in the magnificent sights and prepare to see wildlife such as moose, deer and rare birds up close. Your best bet is to sign up for a tour with a registered guide (we recommend checking out the Northeast Guide Service for this)—you’ll cover the most ground and can customize the experience to make the most of your time. Depending on where you stay, you may want to ask the concierge about exclusive activities offered to guests. You’ll find that many are designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the area so that you can get the most from a quick trip.
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    What are the best places to stay in Moosehead Lake?

    Moosehead Lake offers a couple of charming places to stay in the quaint town of Greenville. Here’s where our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend bunking on a visit to Moosehead Lake.
     
    1. Blair Hill Inn & Restaurant. Perched a mile above Moosehead Lake, expect spectacular views and impeccable service at this historic, 15-acre resort. Originally built in 1891, the inn features cozy rooms and a top-notch restaurant and spa. The inn is a great base for one-of-a-kind outdoor adventures such as moose safaris, stargazing canoe trips and guided fishing expeditions. Staff will arrange everything and send you off with refreshments (including wine or cocoa) and anything else you may need (beach towels, bug spray).

    2. The Lodge at Moosehead Lake. You’ll love the views and privacy at this rustic lodge—plus the range of amenities including an on-site pub, spa services and concierge to help plan all of your adventures.
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    What are the best places to eat in Moosehead Lake?

    The best places to eat in Moosehead Lake, Maine are open seasonally, from early summer to late fall. For year-round options, check out Forbes Travel Guide’s list of the best food experiences in Moosehead Lake. Otherwise, if you’re visiting during peak season, be sure to check out these restaurants.
     
    1. Blair Hill Inn & Restaurant. Dinner at Blair Hill Inn is a must during your stay in Moosehead Lake. The restaurant is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from mid-June through October and offers five-course menus using seasonal produce for a steal ($59 per person). You’ll love the ambiance as much as the food—be sure to leave time for a glass of wine or a cocktail on the restaurant’s verandah and take in the spectacular views of Moosehead Lake.

    2. The Lodge at Moosehead Lake. Also open from mid-June through mid-October, the restaurant inside the lodge features comfort food with a view. You’ll love the floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a panoramic view of Moosehead Lake while you dine. The a la carte menu is all about local Maine cuisine. Arrive early before your dinner reservation and enjoy a glass of wine around the restaurant’s outdoor fire pit—the perfect way to unwind while you watch the sunset.

    3. Greenville Inn. The restaurant at the Victorian Greenville Inn is open during the summer months, beginning in late June through mid-October. There are two dining rooms to choose from—the Shaw Room and the Parlor Room. Both offer uninterrupted views of Moosehead Lake and the sunset. The chef serves up seasonal favorites all featuring local Maine ingredients.
  • On November 2, 2012
    Rachel Bowie answered the question: Rachel Bowie

    What are the best places to stay in Moosehead Lake?

    Moosehead Lake offers a couple of charming places to stay in the quaint town of Greenville. Here’s where our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend bunking on a visit to Moosehead Lake.
     
    1. Blair Hill Inn & Restaurant. Perched a mile above Moosehead Lake, expect spectacular views and impeccable service at this historic, 15-acre resort. Originally built in 1891, the inn features cozy rooms and a top-notch restaurant and spa. The inn is a great base for one-of-a-kind outdoor adventures such as moose safaris, stargazing canoe trips and guided fishing expeditions. Staff will arrange everything and send you off with refreshments (including wine or cocoa) and anything else you may need (beach towels, bug spray).

    2. The Lodge at Moosehead Lake. You’ll love the views and privacy at this rustic lodge—plus the range of amenities including an on-site pub, spa services and concierge to help plan all of your adventures.
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