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Still as beautiful as when Henry David Thoreau visited in the mid-1800s, Maine's largest lake attracts a variety of visitors year round.  




Moosehead Lake, at an elevation of 1029 feet (314 meters) in west-central Maine, is the largest lake in the largest state in New England, with118 square miles (305 square km) of surface area. It is the source of Maine's Kennebec River.

Forty miles long and 10 miles wide at its widest points, Moosehead's 281-mile-long (452-km) shoreline and 80 islands provide plenty of room for all sorts of land-and-water activities.

Mount Kineo's 700-foot (213-meter) cliffs rise right from the lake opposite Greenville ME—a dramatic introduction to the lake as you approach from the south along ME Route 6.

In the mid-1800s, Henry David Thoreau explored interior Maine with an Indian guide, and traveled about Moosehead Lake as his guides hunted the plentiful moose of the area.

Hunters and fishers have favored the Moosehead region ever since, but today visitors come to hike, camp, swim and sail in summer, and to ski cross country, snowshoe, snowmobile and fly small planes in winter.

The Birches Resort on Moosehead Lake, Maine, 31 miles (50 km) east of Jackman along ME Routes 6 & 15, then north from Rockwood (map), is the complete northern Maine summer and winter resort. More...

Do you want to really, really get away from it all and experience the Maine woods, its beauty, birds and wildlife? Head for Spencer Pond Camps, 34 miles (55 km; 1 hour) north of Greenville at the foot of Little Spencer Mountain. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan

The Birches Resort

Inland Maine

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Moosehead Lake, Maine

Above, vast expanse of
Moosehead Lake in winter.

Below, sipping a glass of wine
and gazing at the frozen lake.

Moosehead Lake ME



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