Location: North of Greenville, Piscataquis County
Description: Moosehead is Maine and New England’s largest lake. Moosehead was formed by a mile-thick receding glacier almost 18,000 years ago. Wabanaki Native Americans have lived in the region for the past 1,000 years and place great spiritual significance in Mount Kineo, on one of the lake’s islands. Named for a legendary Wabanaki warrior, Kineo offers great hiking trails including a 1,789-foot ascent to the top. Along the way, enjoy view of the diverse wildlife—in particular, the Peregrine Falcon, listed as endangered in Maine, which breed here. Hunters and wildlife observers often see moose, for which the region is named, along with black bears, Ruffed Grouse (partridge), and white-tailed deer. Moosehead Lake borders the beginning of the Kennebec River, which means excellent canoeing, and you can also take advantage of the opportunities to paddle some of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a 740-mile trail that extends to Quebec. There are activities for all seasons in the Moosehead Lake Public Reserved Land unit but those who come in the fall have the opportunity to see the leaves changing to their vibrant autumn shades in one of Maine’s most cherished places.
Activities: Camping, boating, hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, paddling (including whitewater), hunting, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing are only some of the activities that you can enjoy in the area.
For More Information: Visit the Maine Public Reserved Lands website, where you can find more information on the history of the unit, services, and facilities.