The Lodge at Moosehead Lake: Adventure is calling… A Complete North Woods Experience
Summer getaways in Maine are one of the most popular times to travel to Maine. Those looking for luxury resorts in Maine are at home in our AAA 4 Diamond bed and breakfast and restaurant. View the fun summer activities below and book your getaway today.
Moose Safari & Wildlife Tours
View moose in their natural habitat this summer
One of the best Moose viewing areas in the world, the North woods will offer memories you'll never forget. Visit us this summer and enjoy a serene canoe ride to a private mountain pond where our Registered Maine Guide has located secret Moose-populated areas. A short 30 minute drive from our Maine bed and breakfast you will find canoes waiting to be paddled down a crystal clear pond where you may encounter a head springing out of the water and looking directly at you; it's a sight 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.
- 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
Opt for a romantic evening out on Moosehead Lake where the only sounds you will hear will be the relaxing sound of the oars gliding through the water. David Giampetruzzi, the Lodge’s Professional and Registered Maine Guide, will take the two of you out paddling from sunset to moonlight in a beautifully restored vintage canoe. Let him point out wildlife and star constellations and share canoeing history with you as you enjoy a delicious antipasto platter with cheeses, fruit, grilled vegetables, smoked trout, dessert, champagne, and strawberries.
- 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
Float Plane Ride
Enjoy an eagle's eye view of nature's splendor
There is no better way to view the Moosehead region than by air. Enjoy the breathtaking experience as a floatplane takes off and lands on the water. With an eagle’s eye view you can truly appreciate the spectacular scenery and vastness of this forty by twenty mile lake and surrounding mountains. 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.
The Original Fly-In Canoe Trip
For a different view of the North woods of Maine and Moosehead Lake, try an amazing and exclusive 70 minute ride on a chartered float plane from Greenville to the Penobscot River. Take in the breathtaking seasonal views as you glide over Wilson Ponds, the White Cap Mountain, Nahmakanta and Rainbow Lakes where you will circle Mt. Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine and northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. As you approach Lobster Lake, you will touch down on the Penobscot River where your guides will direct your canoe down the river to Lobster Lake to enjoy more nature and wildlife. Take a fly fishing lesson, a tip in the lake, some time to explore the beach, or picnic on the shore. Finish the day with a hike along the shoreline in the summer sun and a delicious fireside lobster or steak dinner cooked shore side by your guide. Relax on the way back to the lodge as you look out for more moose and wildlife sightings.
Times: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm $959.00 for 2 – meals and equipment included. Trip can accommodate up to 4.
Peaceful 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.
White Water Rafting
Mild to wild with 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 breathtaking scenery and lots 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 steep, narrow, technical, and unforgiving. 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!
Challenge the rugged North woods terrain
Summer is the perfect time to get out and explore 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, beautiful scenery and spectacular riding for all skill sets. For the best 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.
ATV trails close November 15th each year.
Canoeing & Kayaking Trips
Discover the waterways of Maine
If you are ready for a relaxing day of leisurely paddling, try the West Outlet on Moosehead Lake. Relish scenic ponds and class 1 white water (the lowest level). Look for bald eagles along the shore or loons, beavers, and even otters. Choose to rent a canoe or kayak and be accompanied by a Registered Maine Guide who will teach you how to paddle 1 and 2 class rapids. This is also the perfect trip for fishermen, as it is not uncommon to catch 3-5 pound smallmouth bass or up to 14 inch trout.
Mt. Kineo Trip
Follow in the footsteps of Thoreau and Chief Kineo himself
In the summer you can 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 private 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 to remember!
Accounts of Greenville lore
Get an appreciation for the history around you and learn about the Red Paint People from 3,000 to 6,000 years ago; the unique 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. The rich 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.
Cast your line in the summer sun
Try a new sport (or an old favorite) this spring 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 excite you. Take a guided fishing trip with our own Master Registered Main Guide with over 30 years of experience. Ask about fishing school and don’t forget that a Maine Fishing License is required.
Take on the Appalachian Trail this summer
The Moosehead area features about forty trails that range from easy to challenging. Whether you’re looking for a brief 45 minute hike or an all-day excursion, there are options for you. You might delve into Gulf Hagas called the “Grand Canyon of Maine” among others that are known as some of the most terrific hikes in the northeast. When you get back to your room to relax, take a look at The Lodge Hiking Guide to get all the information you will need to plan an unforgettable hiking trip. You will love the beautiful scenery along The Appalachian Trail to Mt. Katahdin. Enjoy the motivating exercise and jump in a waterfall to cool off. You can even have a guide help you experience the best of hiking in Maine.
Watch a video to learn more about hiking in Maine!
Find 415 summer species in Maine
Maine offers a diverse habitat that supports an extensive bird population. Join use for the largest spectator sport in America and identify more than 415 different species of birds. If you are a bird enthusiast, check out the Loon Room with books on birds, perfect for perusing while you relax after a day out in the summer sun. We’ll even provide you with a pocket guide when you get here!
Katahdin Boat Cruise
A cruise on Moosehead Lake turns back time
Listen to the history of the Moosehead Lake region as you relax on this cruise. Build in 1914 by Bath Iron Works right here in Maine, the Katahdin has been identified 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.