One of the most exciting aspects of going on a vacation is exploring a new area. The Lodge at Moosehead Lake provides extensive expertise to be sure your visit is highly enjoyable and authentic to the North Woods of Maine. From custom designed excursions like our private moose safaris to one of a kind seaplane rides, we are here to help turn your Moosehead Lake adventures into memories of a lifetime.
Below you’ll find a selection of nearby adventures with local tour guides and companies that we have vetted out for you. Don’t want to handle reserving and setting up an adventure? Visit our Packages page for options that we handle from booking to the day of.
Enjoy an eagle’s eye view of nature’s splendor. There is no better way to view the Moosehead region than by air. A seaplane 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. Who knows, you might even see a moose! Make your reservation while at our Greenville, ME hotel – weather dependent. Consider a seaplane 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. If you’re a seaplane enthusiast, be sure to mark your calendar for the International Seaplane Fly-in – the weekend after Labor Day in September every year.
Tours range from $45 – $175 per person (no credit cards)
Challenge the rugged North woods terrain when you 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, incredible scenery and awesome riding for all skill sets. For the best experience, hire a guide to find those secret spots. All riders should wear long pants, durable foot-ware, and long sleeve shirts. Rates are based on single or double machines, ½ or full day tours. Private or small group trips are available. Damage deposits are required. ATV trails close November 15th each year.
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 river 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 and a license.
Canoes and kayaks can be rented at numerous locations in the area at $35 to $45 dollars a day.
Katahdin Boat Cruise
A cruise on Moosehead Lake turns back time. Experience a leisurely three hour cruise while listening to the history of the Moosehead Lake region. Built in 1914 by Bath Iron Works in Maine, the Katahdin has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Originally steam-powered and used to tow booms of logs, she was converted to diesel in 1922.
The cruise schedule runs from the end of June to the first of October, typically Tuesday through Saturday. The Katahdin offers both indoor and outdoor seating.
White Water Rafting – Shirley, ME
Mild to wild with breathtaking views and pure fun!
You’ll find some of the best white water rafting in New England with breathtaking scenery and pure fun. There are several scenic trips to choose from, all different levels of difficulty from a mellow 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 rollercoaster waves from 4 to 8 feet high. The Penobscot River is one of the most spectacular and challenging river experiences in the Eastern U.S. Rapids on the Penobscot River are short with sheer drops plunging into calm pools. 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.
Accounts of Greenville lore document the history of Red Paint People from 3,000 to 6,000 years ago. The unique Mt. Kineo flint was sought after by Indian tribes that migrated through the area to use for arrowheads. The renowned naturalist, Henry David Thoreau, visited this area of Maine. One can also learn 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 day’s long gone are displayed throughout the Lodge.