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

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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.

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