Summer is an inviting time to visit the Moosehead region, as guests are greeted with a plethora of activities. A trip to Mt. Kineo State Park is a must. There, the hiker can catch his breath when he reaches the peak of the daunting mountain just to lose it again at the astounding panoramic views of the distant ranges. The pebble beach at the base offers a picture perfect setting for that picnic lunch, and the golfer can putt the afternoon away on the manicured course greens. A shuttle boat from Rockwood Village to Mt. Kineo runs hourly from Memorial Day thru Columbus Day.
Moosehead Lake is on the migratory path of many species, so bird watching is phenomenal. Bald eagles, loons, hummers, osprey, and peregrine falcons, among others, can be found posing for the avid photographer or bird watcher. Professionally guided summertime cruises, available by boat, plane, and automobile, also offer brilliant photo opportunities, as well as the chance to get up close and personal with Mother Nature.
An Angler’s Oasis Did we mention fishing? Troll with downriggers or lead core line in Moosehead for that trophy catch, or try your luck at any of our active surrounding streams for brook trout. Small mouth bass are plentiful at Indian Pond, and fly fishing is at its best in the Kennebec, Roach, and Moose Rivers.
Hiker’s Divine Destination
There are so many mountains in the Moosehead Lake region, it is difficult to highlight them all! Among the most popular hikes of the Rockwood area are Mount Kineo, Gulf Hagas, Big Moose Mountain, and Little Moose Mountain. Whether it is high panoramic peaks or remote wild waterways you long to see, the hiking opportunities of the Moosehead Lake region offer a wide array of difficulty and scenery. For those seeking a mountaineering challenge, Big and Little Spencer Mountains offer both difficulty and mind-blowing views. Mount Katahdin, the highest peak in Maine, is located in Baxter State Park and has several trail options for every level of experience. White Cap, Number 4, and Chairback mountains are all moderately difficult hikes that boast amazing views. Because Moosehead is located near the Appalachian Trail, there are several extended overnight hiking trips to choose from. As well, there are several easy to moderate family day hikes, such as the natural bird sanctuary on Borestone Mountain and the B52 plane crash site on Elephant Mountain.
A Wild Water World
Rockwood is in the center of Maine’s expansive watershed. Moosehead Lake is the epicenter of an expansive and dramatic water region. The surrounding ponds, streams, and rivers provide the boater, canoeist, rafter, and kayaker with unlimited opportunities for water based adventures. For canoeing and kayaking trips, check out the West Outlet to Indian Pond, a great all day adventure with a few low class rapids and plenty of calm water for relaxing, throwing in a line, or animal viewing. A multi-day excursion to consider is the Moose River Bow Trip, a three to four day trip with a variety of white water and flat water rivers and ponds.
Historic and Moosehead’s Most Scenic Golf Course
Mt Kineo Golf Cour se is located on Moosehead Lake and is thought to be the second oldest course in New England, built in the 1880’s. The course was built along side of the Kineo House, which at one time was the largest inland waterfront hotel in America.The hotel is long since gone but the beauty of the island remains with Mount Kineo as the centerpiece, rising 1798 feet above the shores of Moosehead Lake from it’s summit. Striking Mt. Kineo protrudes boldly up out of the crystal blue depths of the lake, the immaculate 9 hole golf course greens are splayed out in front of you, and the quiet, calm whir of fishing reels echo off the placid waters. Shuttle Service available Memorial Day — Columbus Day at Rockwood’s Public Landing.
Lazy River Rides
The waterways in Rockwood offer a refreshing getaway from the warm summersun’s rays. Grab the kids and set out tubing down Moose River fora wet adventure. Or rent a boat and explore the 400+ miles of Moosehead shoreline and private islands on the largest lake east of the Mississippi. Boating, kayaking, and canoeing on Moosehead all allow you to experience miles of pristine shoreline, island and shore beaches, and picnicking and overnight camping at several sites all around the lake.
White water is big business here in the in the Moosehead Lake Region. The summer season is great for a refreshing day on the water. The Kennebec, Penobscot and Canada Falls rivers all offer white water that gets the adrenaline pumping. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned rafter the rivers of the Moosehead Lake offer the white water experience you are after. Our friends at Northeast Guide Service, Northern Outdoors and Moxie Adventures can help plan your trip.
Fresh Berries for the Picking
Many a sunny afternoon in the Moosehead Lake area have been spent berry picking. Fields in Summer are full of ripe, lush wild strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. They all happen to be the black bears’ favorite sweet treats too, so, while you’re picking, have your camera ready. You might just have company.