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.

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    Where is the best shopping in Moosehead Lake?

    Shopping in Moosehead Lake, Maine is centered on one thing: outdoor recreation. Expect to find plenty of local artisans and businesses selling equipment and gear to prepare you for outdoor activities of every kind. The Indian Hill Trading Post is one of the most popular spots. The 35,000-square-foot retail space offers everything you could possibly need for your stay: canoes, camping equipment, hiking gear. You can even pick up groceries there. It’s the best all-in-one-place shopping the area has to offer.
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    What are the best things to do with kids in Moosehead Lake?

    Moosehead Lake in Maine is an ideal spot for exploring the great outdoors with kids. Here’s what our Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest for family fun.
     
    1. Plan to spend at least a day with your kids at Lily Bay State Park. Located on Moosehead Lake, your kids will love swimming in the fresh water and hiking along the two-mile shoreline trail.

    2. Pack a picnic and spend the day at Moosehead Lake Junction Wharf, located right next to Moosehead Lake. There, you can watch floatplanes take off and land, go fishing and swimming, or simply eat, relax and take in the view.

    3. Rent a canoe or motorboat. It’s the best way to see the pristine beauty of nature up close, and your kids will love keeping their eyes peeled for wildlife sightings along the way.

    4. Go on a moose safari. Several businesses and hotels in the area offer them. We recommend checking out Northwoods Outfitters.

    5. Explore Mount Kineo, one of Moosehead Lake’s main attractions. Pack a picnic lunch and hop on the boat shuttle, a great way for you and your kids to take in the views. After you arrive, you’ll find plenty of family-friendly hikes to enjoy.
  • On November 2, 2012
    Rachel Bowie answered the question: Rachel Bowie

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

    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.