Most think of Moosehead Lake and the surrounding area as a great place to visit — and it is! However, a long-term relocation to Maine’s biggest lake brings with it a vast amount of joys that a shorter stay could never offer.
1. The Unspoiled Wilderness of the North Woods
Perhaps the most alluring aspect of the Moosehead Lake region is its vast expanse of virtually untouched wilderness. The area boasts over 350,000 acres of conserved forest, set aside for conservation and recreation.
The Lakeside Lifestyle
This brings with it an inherent balance, offering peace, solitude and a sense of grounding that is impossible to find in more developed areas. A permanent move to the North Maine woods is bound to offer a greater sense of work/life balance, free from urban distractions and the hustle and bustle of city life. You know your neighbors, and everyone has an appreciation and focus on the outdoor lifestyle. Restaurants source locally foraged and grown ingredients, recreational opportunities are endless, and every resident has a sincere appreciation and affection for the great outdoors. Dare we say — time may even move a little slower by the Lake!
Wildlife Near Moosehead Lake
With a vast forest comes all the wildlife that inhabits it! Moosehead Lake is a great place to go searching for its namesake, the moose, but that’s not all. The region is a bird watcher’s dream, hosting hundreds of species throughout all four seasons. As the area offers plentiful water and dense forest cover, it’s easy to spot other mammals like deer, beaver, bobcat, bear, lynx, coyote, muskrat, porcupine, raccoon, fox, otter, skunk, hare and woodchuck (to name just a few).
2. The Year-Round Beauty of Moosehead Lake
Spring near Moosehead Lake reveals lush greenery, gushing waterfalls, prolific wildlife and enchanting, ever-changing weather. The old saying “if you don’t like the weather in Maine, wait a minute!” has never been more true than in spring. Days fluctuate from calm, rainy and nostalgic to bright, fresh and invigorating. Spring is a great time break out the fly rod, get a little mud on your tires, or scout out fiddleheads!
What better combination is there than hot sun, deep water and cool forests? Summer is the ultimate recreational season by Moosehead Lake. When you live near the water, your whole summer feels like a getaway! A single summer of full-time living in this region will more than pay for itself in relaxation, adventure, and sunny days. You might even have a few berry bushes in your new back yard, offering sun-ripened snacks and a great photo op for wild residents.
Hunters, take note! Some of the best game in the state lies around Moosehead Lake, making it a hunter’s paradise. When you live next to prime hunting grounds, it’s easy to bag the best deer, bear, moose or bobcat of your life practically from your back door.
If you’d rather “shoot” with a camera, fall around Moosehead Lake is a stunning time to go leaf peeping, capture breathtakingly saturated foliage shots, and spot picturesque wildlife — all in you own neighborhood. There are endless trails throughout the region, and the weather is perfect for a cozy hike.
The Moosehead Lake region is one of the few areas that offers as much beauty during colder months as it does during warmer seasons. Snuggle up in your new home with a roaring fire and take in the snowscape from the comfort of the couch, or get outside to explore it firsthand! A dense forest coated with pristine snow is a breathtaking sight, and living in the middle of a snowglobe can be a captivating experience.
3. Exploring the Moosehead Lake Region on Land
The terrain around Moosehead Lake offers diverse hiking opportunities for brief dry hikes or intense multi-day journeys. It’s home to the last leg of the Appalachian Trail’s “100-mile Wilderness” as well as routes through most of the region’s mountains. Be sure to include these hikes once you’re settled in:
- Big Moose Mountain
- Mount Kineo
- Lily Bay State Park
- Big Moose Mountain
- Little Moose Mountain
- Moxie Falls
- Little Wilson Falls
- Number Four Mountain
- Mount Katahdin
The area around Moosehead is ideal for stargazing due to the lack of light pollution and miles of remote land. The night sky is clearly visibly at all times of year, but in the winter, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis, or “Northern Lights.”
Trails for miles — literally! Break out the four-wheeler and let ‘er rip from late spring to late fall. Chances are you’ll have trail access close to your home, making it easy to get out into the woods for a couple hours or the whole day. Trails run from Greenville to The Forks, Rockwood, and even Kokadjo. What a way to explore the backcountry!
When there are stunning courses with mountain views just a few miles away, there’s no reason not to get out on the green! The Moosehead Lake area offers multiple scenic courses fit for beginners to the pros. Dust off your clubs and try your hand at these local spots:
- Mount Kineo Golf Course
- Squaw Mountain Village Golf Course
- Leisure Life Resort Driving Range
Skiing, Snowshoeing and Snowmobiling
You know that Maine winters are famous for white gold, and the North Woods are full of it! Come snowy season, there’s ample opportunity to break out the sled, snowshoes, or skis to explore the forest and lake in a new way. Take to the trails, break out on your own, or hit up a local business to rent equipment before visiting the slopes!
4. Exploring Moosehead Lake From the Water
Is there any more of a simple pleasure than swimming? When you live near the lake, it’s only a matter of minutes — or the time it takes to sprint to your own dock — before you can dive in to the water. It’s the perfect pastime to wear out wound-up kids, wash off the stresses of the day, or cool off from the summer heat.
Whether you kayak, canoe, paddleboard, jet ski, or motorboat, this is your heaven! The 118 square miles of open water are prime for exploring, with endless islands and inlets that promise hours of adventure. If you’re not ready to commit to a watercraft just yet, there are plenty of local businesses that rent boats and equipment to enjoy the water!
Fishing and Ice Fishing
With a lake this big you know there are some monster fish waiting to be caught! Moosehead Lake is full to the gills with landlocked salmon, brook trout, lake trout smallmouth bass just begging to be hooked. Break out your (locally tied) flies during warmer weather, or wait for winter to break out the auger and fish through the ice.