Moose Safari & Wildlife Tours
View moose in their natural habitat and learn secrets of the North woods
Considered by many to be the best Moose viewing in the world; enjoy a private canoe journey to a remote mountain pond where our Registered Maine Guide has found secret Moose hangouts. Leaving from our Moosehead Lake resort, you’ll drive about 30 minutes into the backcountry where canoes are waiting. Just imagine paddling on a pristine pond, sighting a large “rock” and then with a loud swish a massive head springs from the water and looks directly at you…it’s a thrill you’ll never forget. What attracts moose to bodies of water is the aquatic vegetation that they feed on. Along the way you might see deer, loons, osprey, possibly a bald eagle, beaver, snowshoe hare, gray squirrel and even otters. Prime viewing for Maine moose safaris runs from June to October.
Three to four hour trips are in the early morning when the moose are most active and afternoon. Charge for 2 people is $225.00. The Lodge will provide you with a Safari Box breakfast or our Moose-A-Lix™ trail mix for afternoon trips. If canoeing is not your thing, this trip can be done by Jeep and our guide will share knowledge on the ecology, history and lore of the Moosehead region.
The Original Fly-In Canoe Trip
In one very special day you can experience the vast North woods of Maine and Moosehead Lake through an exclusive trip offered only by the Lodge. Take a 70 minute ride on a chartered float plane from Greenville to the Penobscot River. Fly over Wilson Ponds, the White Cap Mountain, Nahmakanta and Rainbow Lakes circling over Mt. Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine and northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Here you will get an amazing view of Baxter State Park. Upon approaching Lobster Lake, named for its Lobster Claw shape, your pilot will set down on the Penobscot River where you will be meet by your private guide for the remainder of the day. Your guide will direct your canoe down the river to Lobster Lake. Either ride with the guide or paddle on your own. Learn about the wildlife, history and nature that surrounds you. Have a leisurely lunch on the shore. Explore the beach, a dip in the lake, learn canoe poling, maybe fish or take in a fly fishing lesson. Hike the shoreline or Lobster Mountain wrapping up your day with a fireside lobster or steak dinner cooked by your guide shore side. Paddle a short way to your pick up point where your guide will take you back to the lodge during prime time for moose and wildlife sightings. It’s hard to believe there is still country like this in the U.S. and you are in the middle of it!
Times: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm $959.00 for 2 – meals and equipment included. Trip can accommodate up to 4.
Cast your line for Lake Trout, Salmon and Smallmouth Bass
Fishing in the Moosehead region is a year round sport. From fly fishing, trolling or ice fishing, there is something here for everyone. Our Moosehead Lake bed and breakfast has been recognized by Outside Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Great Wilderness Lodges in North America” and by Away.com as one of the World’s Top Adventure Lodge Resorts in 2009. The Lodge offers guided fishing trips by our own Master Registered Maine Guide with over 30 years of experience. Each trip is customized based on your experience and expectations. Spring through fall fishing trips: half day trips for 1 or 2 people for $349 or full day trips for 1 to 2 people including lunch and equipment for $449. A Maine Fishing License is required. Ask about fishing school, too.
Over 40 routes including the world famous Appalachian Trail
Forty or so hiking trails exist in the Moosehead area. You’ll find easy to challenging, and from 45 minutes to a full day hike. Experience some of the most spectacular hikes in the northeast including Gulf Hagas called the “Grand Canyon of Maine”. The Lodge Hiking Guide has been refined through countless trips by our lodging guests; you’ll find it in your inn room. The Appalachian Trail passes southeast of our Greenville ME hotel to reach its grand finale at Mt. Katahdin. Enjoy the exercise, the breathtaking scenery and even a jump in a waterfall to cool off. Let the Lodge fix you a picnic lunch for 2…just give us 24 hour notice and rent a guide for the day that will help you experience hiking as a true naturalist.
Watch a video to learn more about hiking in Maine!
Canoeing & Kayaking Trips
Discovering the waterways
Of all the rivers to explore, the West Outlet on Moosehead Lake is one of the best. This is a great river for a relaxing paddle. The waterway consists of scenic ponds, quick water and class 1 white water (the lowest level). Along the shore you are also sure to spot nesting bald eagles, scampering beavers or otters, and even loons calling; you may encounter a mighty moose feeding on underwater vegetation. For the fisherman, this trip offers some of the best bass and trout fishing in the region. It is not unusual to catch smallmouth bass in the 3-5 pound range or trout up to 14 inches, so be sure to bring your fishing rod. Canoes and kayaks can be rented at numerous locations in the area at $25 to $40 dollars a day. Being accompanied by a Registered Maine Guide is another option for canoe trips. Learn to paddle 1 and 2 class rapids. $299.00 for ½ day trip for 2; Full day trips also available.
Revisit early years at Moosehead Lake when guides often used poles to navigate shallow water where paddles can’t be used. Most people will canoe for years with just their paddle but there is a whole other side of canoeing that has been largely forgotten. It is the skill of canoe poling. Instead of a paddle, you stand in your canoe and use a long pole to travel up and down the quiet back waters of rivers and marshes. It will open up a whole new world to explore and discover. Find hidden spots that no one else can reach. Learn to manage the weight in your canoe and river current. So get out there, grab a pole, and discover the other side of canoeing with the help of your private canoeing guide. ½ day trip for 2 $299.00
Identify more than 415 species in Maine
Bird watching is the largest spectator sport in America. Maine offers birds a diversity of habitat that supports a very large bird population. There have been more than 415 species of birds recorded in Maine.
If you are a birding enthusiast, you may be interested in the Loon Room with many books on our feathered friends. Visit nearby Borestone Mountain owned by the Maine Audubon Society. Let us know you are here to bird watch and we’ll provide you a pocket guide.
Simply to indulge yourself
The Lodge at Moosehead Lake is just the place for rest and relaxation. A haven from the hectic pace of the busy world. See our Spa page to see all that the Lodge offers.