Steamboat Rides

SEASON:  Spring, Summer, Fall (June to October)

Cruise spectacular Moosehead Lake on the historic steamboat Katahdin.  A variety of cruise options are available. Sip a cocktail while enjoying breathtaking sunsets over Big Moose Mountain. Dance the night away on a jazz or rock cruise trip. Get the best seats in the house for the annual July 4th fireworks. View the islands and mountains awash in brilliant colors on an autumn cruise.

Guests enjoy a scenic ride while learning about the storied history of our region, from Native American days, to the luxury resorts of the 1800s, and the logging industry of the 1900s. Trips go to Sugar Island, Mt. Kineo, or the Head of the Lake at Northeast Carry.

RATES (prices subject to change):

  • Sugar Island Cruise (3 hours): $35 per person, discounts for children & seniors
  • Kineo Cruise (5 hours): $45 per person, discounts for children & seniors
  • Head of the Lake Cruise (8 hours): $75 per person
  • Sunset Dance Cruise: $40-$60 per person, 21 & older
  • Sunday Brunch Cruise: $35 per person

Please visit Katahdin Cruises to book a trip. Discounted rates are available for our guests.

Ice Cave Trips

SEASON:  Spring, Summer, Fall (May to October)

Ice cave excursions, even in the summer!  Heavy boulders that were plowed together by glaciers during the last ice age created the ice caves in Maine’s north woods. There are metal rungs—courtesy of the Nature Conservancy—to climb down into the cave. As you descend the temperature drops – much like walking into an air-conditioned room or freezer, so bring an extra layer with you on this trek!  Tall pines and moss-coated boulders greet you on your hike to and from the cave. This full-day activity allows you to see the magnificent and meandering Penobscot River, Maine’s largest mountain—Katahdin, bald eagles and maybe even a moose!

Guests enjoy the scenic ride on Maine woods roads to and from the caves, while listening to interpretive guiding. Once the destination is reached, the round-trip hike to the ice caves is 4 miles, so sturdy walking shoes are recommended.

Please visit Northeast Whitewater for RATES and to book a trip.

B-52 Crash Site

SEASON:  Spring, Summer, Fall (May to October)

This is a new offering this year, and a truly unique and unforgettable experience for all ages.

Take a guided tour to the B-52 Site on Elephant Mountain, a somber memorial of the crash of a B-52 bomber doing training maneuvers in January of 1963.  All but two crew members perished, and those two spent the night in a blizzard on this remote mountain—suffering temperatures dipping to -28 degrees Fahrenheit and five feet of snow—before they were rescued.

After the crash site was located the next day, Scott Paper Company dispatched plows from Greenville to clear 10 miles of road with snow drifts up to 15 feet deep. The community pulled together teams of rescuers who had to use snowshoes, dog sleds and snowmobiles to cover the remaining mile to the crash site.

Moosehead Lake residents have preserved the site and the wreckage in honor of the men aboard this flight. Each year in January, a group snowmobile ride is held to this site, and a memorial service takes place.

The tour also includes a brief video with first hand encounters around that fateful day.

Please visit Northeast Whitewater for RATES and to book a trip.

Hiking

SEASON:  Year Round

From your cabin you can step right out onto 50 acres of woods and nature trails at our home base on Moosehead Lake. The terrain varies from deep woods with meandering streams, to lush raspberry and wildflower fields, to glades with unbeatable views of the lake and mountains. You will see moose prints along the way, and if you are lucky you’ll catch the moose himself taking a drink from the stream. Our trails are perfect for light hiking and snowshoeing.

The Moosehead region is a hidden gem for hiking enthusiasts. Beginner to advanced hikers can find a rich variety of trails and mountains with hidden ponds, spectacular views, and plenty of wildlife. For our hiking guests, we have created directions and descriptions of area day hikes that vary in difficulty from gently family hikes to strenuous portions of the Appalachian Trail.

The following trails are excellent day hikes.

Little Spencer Mountain Mount Kineo Big Moose Mountain Little Wilson Falls
Number Four Mountain B-52 Trail Borestone Mountain Chairback Mountain
Little Moose Mountain Gulf Hagas Barren Mountain Little Kineo Mountain
Big Spencer Mountain Whitecap Mountain Eagle Rock Moxie Falls

Additionally, there is a regional hiking challenge named Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit, which features many of the mountains above, and offers different challenge ranks for climbing the mountains associated with the challenge during winter, and within 24 hours.

Whitewater Rafting

SEASON:  Spring, Summer, Fall (May to October)

Experience the thrill of rushing through a pristine wilderness river gorge. Paddle with the experts through class II to V rapids. Evergreen studded rock cliffs rise dramatically above you. Play in waterfalls and swimming holes along the way. Look for an osprey in its nest, or a bald eagle soaring overhead.

A group of highly trained and experienced Registered Maine River Guides will treat you to a day of whitewater rafting that you will never forget.

Choose from the Kennebec, Penobscot, or Dead Rivers.

Please visit Northeast Whitewater for RATES and to book a trip.

Inflatable Kayaking

SEASON:  Spring, Summer, Fall (June to September)

Enjoy the exhilaration and sense of accomplishment that comes with navigating our beautiful rivers in your very own inflatable kayak. This half day trip is perfect for families and friends.

The East Outlet of the Kennebec River offers Class I and II rapids for inflatable river kayak trips, just enough to get you wet and cool off. Led by a Registered Maine Guide, the trip begins at the headwaters of the Kennebec River, where it flows out of Moosehead Lake, Maine’s largest lake. You will kayak down river until the river enters beautiful Indian Pond.

Please visit Northeast Whitewater for RATES and to book a trip.

Canoeing & Kayaking

SEASON:  Spring, Summer, Fall (June to September)

Kayaks are available for your use onsite at our cabins from June 15 to September 15.

Or, for a great “get away to the wilderness” feeling, spend a day paddling the West Outlet to the Kennebec River.

This river runs from Moosehead Lake to Indian Pond, and is filled with wildlife and beautiful scenery along the way.

  • Try your skill at maneuvering your kayak through gentle rapids
  • Bring a pole and take time to fish along the way
  • Look for moose, loons, ducks, herons, and eagles
  • Great for any age

These are either guided or self guided trips. Kayak or canoe and van shuttle service are provided.

Please visit Northwoods Outfitters for RATES and to book a trip.

Fishing

SEASON:  Spring, Summer, Fall (May to October)

Paddle secret ponds and rivers with a Maine Guide who knows where the fish and moose are! Or, motor around the big lake in search of the same.  Whether you are new to fishing or a seasoned veteran, you’ll experience the thrill of being out in the wilderness pursuing brook trout, lake trout, salmon, small mouth bass, and muskie.

While touring the waters you will also be on the lookout for moose, deer, loon, beaver, and other native species.

TRIP INCLUDES:

  • Instruction on proper casting technique
  • Fly or lake fishing on a pond, lake or river
  • Registered Maine Guide
  • Fishing equipment and lures/flies
  • Transportion by motorboat or canoe

Please visit Northwoods Outfitters for RATES and to book a trip.

Massage

SEASON: Year Round

Massage therapy is the perfect complement to outdoor fitness and recreation. It introduces the healing power of touch to those who have never experienced it, and provides a deeply relaxing way to to the world renewed and refreshed.

Having a massage is not just a way of pampering yourself. It is a way to obtain balance for a healthy mind and body. It is also effective in treating certain types of injuries and ailments, such as:

  • Insomnia
  • Stress and tension
  • Mental and physical fatigue
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Headache and eye strain

A licensed massage therapist will come right to the comfort and privacy of your cabin. She will use essential oils with healing qualities to perform either a Swedish Massage or a Hot Stone Massage.

RATES (prices subject to change):

  • One hour Swedish Massage: $70
  • One hour Hot Stone Massage: $80
  • Advance reservations required

ATV Adventures

SEASON:  Spring, Summer, Fall (May to November)

In recent years, enthusiastic volunteers have created an extensive ATV trail network throughout the Moosehead Lake area. On the west side of the lake, trails link the town of Greenville to The Forks, Rockwood, Pittston Farm, and Jackman. To the east, you may ride from Greenville up to Kokadjo and beyond into the fabled 100 mile wilderness. Greenville is truly an “ATV-friendly” town, with ATVs allowed to travel on the main business thoroughfare for access to shops and restaurants. If you stay in either our Sunrise Lodge or Loon Lodge cabins, you may ATV directly from your cabin onto the trail system.

For more information, or to book ATV rentals or guide services please visit Northwoods Outfitters.