By Julie Maddock
Maine has a thriving moose population and in the Moosehead Lake Region, moose outnumber people three to one. This means you will have plenty of opportunities to observe and photograph these majestic creatures while hiking, mountain biking, paddling on Moosehead Lake, fishing in pristine waters or simply driving in the car on the back roads. Greenville, Maine is in the heart of moose country and welcomes visitors year-round with outdoor activities for all ages. But, if you ask anyone who has visited Greenville what their number one reason for going was, you will undoubtedly hear the same answer: to see the moose! Whether a huge bull with an impressive rack of antlers proudly displayed during rutting (mating) season or a momma with her twins close by, seeing a moose up close is an unforgettable experience.
Where to go: For a truly unique outdoor adventure which combines kayaking or canoeing, easy hiking and a nature tour in the “back country” by an experienced Maine guide, check out Northwoods Outfitters in Greenville. Half-day, full-day or private tours available. Tours start at $49.95 per person. To book a private tour, call for exact rates based on your group size and desired duration of tour. Reservations: 866-223-1380 or visit maineoutfitter.com. Driving time from Bangor International Airport to Greenville is approximately 1½ hours.
Where to stay: After a day of exploring the Maine woods and spying on the moose, relax and refresh at The Lodge at Moosehead Lake located at 368 Lily Bay Rd., Greenville, ME. This rustic-chic lodge is the perfect retreat! Every room includes complimentary breakfast and snacks, a gas fireplace, free Wi-Fi, private bath, AC and free parking. Make dinner reservations and prepare to be amazed at the culinary delights. Enjoy a glass of wine around the fire pit and watch the sunset. Tip: Try their signature drink — Mooseopolitan Martini. Rates start at $449 per night (minimum 2-night stay) during peak season. Pets are welcome in select rooms. Reservations: 800-825-6977 or visit lodgeatmooseheadlake.com.
Camping: Pitch a tent or bring the camper to Lily Bay State Park and camp right on the edge of Moosehead Lake. It’s not unusual to see a moose walking through the campground, along Lily Bay Road or swimming in the lake. Reservations: Book online at campwithme.com. Rates per site: $20.00 a night for Maine residents; $30.00 for non-residents.