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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.


Cap­ture Nature
Cap­ture Nature
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.
 
Fish­ing
An Angler’s Oasis Did we men­tion fish­ing? Troll with down­rig­gers or core line in Moose­head for that tro­phy .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
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
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
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
White Water
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
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.