The Lodge at Moosehead Lake: Adventure is calling… A Complete North Woods Experience
When vacationing in Maine it is impossible to not be struck by the beauty of the area. There is simply nothing like Maine in the fall. A romantic fall foliage getaway in Maine is something that should be on everyone’s bucket list. View our exceptional activities perfect for an adventurous and memorable fall getaway.
Moose Safari & Wildlife Tours
View moose in their natural autumn habitat and learn secrets of the North woods
Visit us this autumn and enjoy a relaxing canoe ride to a secluded mountain pond where our Registered Maine Guide has located secret Moose-populated areas. This is considered by many to be the best place for Moose viewing in the world! Imagine traveling only 30 minutes away from our Maine bed and breakfast to find canoes waiting to be paddled down a gorgeous clear pond where you may come across a head popping out of the water and looking directly at you! The aquatic vegetation brings moose to bodies of water like this. In addition to moose, you may also come across beavers, otters, snowshoe hare, loons, osprey, and maybe even a bald eagle!
- Leaves the Lodge at 5:30 AM, returns around 9:30 AM for four hours or afternoon trips from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM (times will vary with daylight)
- Can be adapted for larger groups
- Based on availability
- Offered from May through October
- Priced for 2 plus private guide that is highly vetted
- Available only to Lodge guests
- Book when you make your room reservation or call the Lodge – morning trips include picnic breakfast; afternoon a picnic snack; – includes coffee or tea – if canoeing is not your thing, it can be customized based on your athletic ability
- Morning trips can include a hot breakfast prepared campfire style by your guide for an additional charge and an additional hour.
Price: $259 all inclusive
Experience a full day excursion with dinner and book the Call of the WILDlife package.
Moonlight Canoe Trip
A romantic night out in the autumn
David Giampetruzzi, the Lodge’s Professional and Registered Maine Guide will take you out paddling from sunset to moonlight in a lovely restored vintage canoe for a romantic night out that you'll never forget. The only sounds that will disrupt your night on Moosehead Lake will be the sound of oars gliding through the water, a soothing sound to many. Your guide will show you wildlife and star constellations and share canoeing history with you along the way. Enjoy a delicious antipasto platter with cheeses, fruit, grilled vegetables, smoked trout, dessert, champagne, and strawberries. It will be a night to remember.
- Leaves the Lodge at 6:00 PM, returns around 10:00 for four hours (varies by time of year)
- Can be adapted for up to 4 people with two canoes
- Based on availability and weather
- Offered from Memorial Day weekend through 1st of October
- Priced for 2 plus private guide – available only to Lodge guests
- Book when you make your room reservation or call the Lodge
Price: $349 all inclusive
A top destination for this premier sport
Take part in the enjoyable and now popular sport of hunting! Enjoy luxury accommodations, top-of-the-line hospitality, and epicurean food to make your hunting experience memorable. Ask for a specially designed expedition or enjoy one of the packages offered by the Lodge.
October Grouse Hunt Package: Experience a complete 2 day stay with full day grouse hunt lead by our registered Maine guide and champion birding dogs. Add another day to hunt or enjoy the other many adventures available in Moosehead Lake.
Cast your line in the crisp autumn air
Try a new sport (or an old favorite) this autumn and fly fish in the Moosehead region. Named one of the “Top 100 Great Wilderness Lodges in North America” by Outside Magazine and one of the “World’s Top Adventure Lodge Resorts” by Away.com, fishing at our Moosehead Lake lodging will be a joy whenever you’re ready; fishing in the Moosehead region is a year-round sport! Take a guided fishing trip with our own Master Registered Maine Guide with over 30 years of experience. Ask about fishing school and don’t forget that a Maine Fishing License is required.
Breathtaking views from the comfort of your car
Every autumn, fading daylight and dropping temperatures induce trees to present a spectacular color show in beautiful shades of gold, orange, and read. Our best viewing is typically late September to early October. We have five scenic loops ready for those traveling by car that will enchant the most avid leaf-peeper. They are shown in your guest services book in each room. Enjoy over 210 miles of absolute beauty.
Canoeing & Kayaking Trips
Discover the waterways of Maine
If you are looking for a relaxing day of leisurely paddling, try the West Outlet on Moosehead Lake. Enjoy scenic ponds and class 1 white water (the lowest level). It will be especially beautiful this time of year with breathtaking Maine foliage. Spot bald eagles along the shore or beavers, otters, and even loons. Rent a canoe or kayak and be accompanied by a Registered Maine Guide who will show you how to paddle 1 and 2 class rapids. This is also an ideal trip for fishing experts, as it is not uncommon to catch 3-5 pound smallmouth bass or up to 14-inch trout.
Katahdin Boat Cruise
A cruise on Moosehead Lake gives you an appreciation for the past
Listen to the history of the Moosehead Lake region as you relax on this cruise. Built in 1914 by Bath Iron Works right here in Maine, the Katahdin has been designated as a National Historic Landmark. Originally steam-powered and used to tow booms of logs, it was converted to diesel in 1922.
Enjoy this lovely cruise beginning at the end of June. The Katahdin offers both indoor and outdoor seating. Upgrade to the 4.5 hour Mt. Kineo cruise, available on scheduled dates.
Enjoy a classic autumn activity on the Appalachian Trail
The Moosehead area has about forty trails that range from easy to more difficult. Whether you’re looking for a brief 45-minute hike or an all-day hike, there will be a trail that fits your skill set and level of interest. You might explore Gulf Hagas called the “Grand Canyon of Maine” among others that are known as some of the most spectacular hikes in the northeast. Don't forget to check out The Lodge Hiking Guide in your room to get all the information you will need to plan an amazing hiking trip. You will love the classic New England autumn scenery along The Appalachian Trail to Mt. Katahdin. Enjoy the refreshing exercise and jump in the waterfall to cool off.
Watch a video to learn more about hiking in Maine!
Mt. Kineo Trip
Follow in the footsteps of Thoreau and Chief Kineo himself
Catch the hourly shuttle boat from Rockwood (about 25 minutes from the Lodge) to Mount Kineo. Kineo was a world-class resort frequented by the wealthiest families in America from the late 1800’s through the 1940’s besides being sacred Indian grounds. Not much remains in the way of physical structure, however, the wonderful trail which is good for mountain biking around the peninsula and two trails (Indian & Bridle) are still well maintained taking 2.5 to 1.5 hours respectively. Be sure to climb the fire tower for a 360° view of the entire Moosehead area. Kineo also features a protected pebble beach for your swimming and sunning enjoyment. Consider getting a lunch at the Lodge to take with you with 24-hour notice. It will be a day you’ll never forget.
Find 415 species in Maine this autumn
Maine offers a diverse habitat that supports a large bird population. Join us for the most popular spectator sport in America and look for more than 415 different species of birds in the crisp fall weather. You may also be interested in the Loon Room with books on birds, perfect for flipping through as you relax at the lodge. We’ll even provide you with a pocket guide when you get here!
Accounts of Greenville Iore
Learn about the Red Paint People from 3,000 to 6,000 years ago; the spectacular Mt. Kineo flint sought-after by Indian tribes that migrated through this area to use for arrowheads; the visits by the naturalist – Henry David Thoreau; the logging industry of Maine; history of the luxury Mt. Kineo hotel and today’s tourism industry. The Moosehead Historical Museum offers tours from June through September on Wednesday through Friday from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, so catch it during your early fall visit! The complex and fascinating history is what makes the Moosehead Lake region truly unique. Many pictures of days long gone are displayed throughout the Lodge. Save this activity for a day you're ready to spend a little time out of the sun.
Challenge the rugged North woods terrain
Fall is the perfect season to enjoy the backcountry of the Moosehead Lake Region! The North Woods is the largest undeveloped forest in the northeast. Maine ATV trails provide hundreds of miles of open terrain, gorgeous scenery and spectacular riding for all skill sets. For an optimal experience hire a guide to give you the inside information on the best spots. Trips are offered daily for 1/2 and full day tours. Private or small group trips are available. Superior quality ATV Rentals start at: $145 to $205 for half to full day trips and one to two person machines. Exclusive private guided tours are also available for $75.00 pp (2 person minimum). All riders should wear long pants, durable footwear, and long sleeve shirts.
White Water Rafting
Mild to wild breathtaking views and pure fun!
From the mild to the wild, you’ll find some of the best white water rafting in New England with amazing scenery and endless amounts of fun. There are several scenic trips to choose from, all different levels of difficulty from an easy Class 1 to a challenging Class V. The Kennebec is ideal for first time rafters and offers 12 miles of flats and deep water. The upper Kennebec gorge is where you’ll ride thrilling roller coaster waves from 4 to 8 feet high. The Penobscot River is one of the most amazing and challenging river experiences in the Eastern U.S. Rapids on the Penobscot River are short with deep drops plunging into calm pools. If you're up for an adventure, The Ripogenous Gorge section is most turbulent, dropping over 70 feet per mile through a narrow, granite walled canyon with advance Class V rapids. The South Branch of the Penobscot Canada Falls Section may be Maine's most challenging and exciting river run; it’s elevated, precise, unforgiving, but perfect for the adrenaline junkie in you. Guided group trips are approximately $79.00 - $129.00 per person based on day of the week and time of year. Just let us know the type of trip you want and we will make it happen!
Peaceful fall excursion in unspoiled wilderness
The Moose Cruise leaves from the Birches Resort in Rockwood (about 25 minutes from the Lodge) at 7:00 am or 4:00 pm each day. The ride features a boating excursion on Moosehead Lake into a river that meanders into a wildlife sanctuary to view moose as they go about their daily routine. A minimum of 4 must be registered before the cruise embarks. The pontoon boat will hold up to 20. Rates are $35/person for morning and $45/person for afternoon. The cruise lasts about 2 hours.
Float Plane Ride
Enjoy an eagle's eye view of nature's splendor
Get the best view of the fall colors of the Moosehead region than by air. Enjoy the spectacular experience as a float plane takes off and lands on the water. With an eagle’s eye view you can truly appreciate the fall scenery and vastness of this forty by twenty mile lake and surrounding mountains. Sit back, enjoy, and take it all in. If you're lucky, you may see some moose too! Tours range from $55 - $65 per person for thirty to forty minutes. Make your reservation while at the Lodge, depending upon the weather. Consider a floatplane for a remote fishing expedition from the Lodge or a day of canoeing, lunch on the beach and flight back. You'll fall in love with this historic transportation experience the International Seaplane Fly-in – the second weekend in September every year.