Outdoor Activities

Just three hours north of Portland, Maine, exceptionally beautiful Moosehead Lake is worth a trip from anywhere. It’s the “perfect lake of the woods” that dazzled 1800s writer/explorer Henry David Thoreau. The awe-inspiring and magnificent setting attracts today’s adventure seekers. Welcome to America’s Crown Jewel!

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Settled: 1824. Incorporated: 1836


Nearly 4,260 people live and work within a 25-mile radius of Moosehead Lake’s center (the MLREDC service area), giving everyone room to breathe, be inspired, and make things happen. This includes the town of Greenville and the villages of Rockwood, Lily Bay, Kokadjo, Shirley, and Beaver Cove. Explore what each town has to offer on our interactive map.

Outdoor activities

Moosehead Lake has long been the ideal destination to recharge and reboot amid pristine solitude and unspoiled wilderness. In fact, Moosehead Lake has boasted a golf course since the 1880s and an active yacht club since 1908. Depending on the season, conditions are just right for boating and swimming, hiking mountain trails (Appalachian Trail included), touring to see peak fall color, or stoking a cozy fire while the snow falls. Visit our interactive map to find your favorite outdoor activity, from fly fishing to snow shoe trekking.

How to jump in?

The Registered Maine Guide tradition is strong in the Moosehead Lake Region. Experienced local guides can arrange moose safaris (for up close viewing and photography), rafting and camping trips, days of fishing and boating, hiking and canoeing, snowmobiling and cross country skiing adventures, and much more in all seasons. Visit our interactive map to connect with the area outfitters, lodges, and camps that are right for you.


Accommodations around Moosehead Lake are classic/rustic to high luxury, with overnight and weekly stays available at sporting camps, motels, and inns, including The Birches, Maynard’s, Wilson’s on Moosehead Lake, Greenville Inn, Blair Inn, and Kineo View Motor Lodge. Rentals of private waterfront cabins and cottages are available through a variety of outlets such as Northwoods Camp Rentals. Visit our interactive map to explore available lodging in the region.


Dining options in Moosehead Lake are as diverse as they are delicious. Waterfront dining rooms like Kelly’s Landing at Greenville Junction and Birches Resort in Rockwood serve local favorites including steak, haddock and wild berry pies. Downtown Greenville is home to the casual Stress Free Moose, Flatlanders, Rod-N-Reel Cafe and Jamo’s Pizza. Gourmet dining is available by reservation at the Blair Hill Inn and the Greenville Inn. Enjoy made-to-order breakfasts at classic local eateries such as Auntie M’s in Greenville and Maynard’s in Rockwood. Visit our interactive map to explore all of Moosehead Lake’s dining options.


Independent stores, galleries and antique shops line the streets of Greenville’s historic downtown on the lake’s southern shore. Need a hammer, a kayak paddle, or a bottle of gourmet, locally-made ketchup? Greenville’s got it. Favorites include Kamp Kamp for furnishings and clothing; Indian Hill Trading Post for groceries, apparel, shoes; Northwoods Outfitters for outdoor gear and coffee; Designed Living for custom cabinetry and lighting; and Maine Mountain for Maine-made products, including natural soaps and candles hand-poured and crafted in the adjoining workshop. Visit out interactive map to discover even more shopping options.

Join the adventurous spirit. Various trail and road runs, paddling events, and bicycle rides, including the annual Bike and Boat fundraiser from Greenville to Rockwood, and the Moosehead Triathlon (canoe paddling, running, mountain biking).