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Penobscot Rafting Adventures

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Penobscot Rafting Adventures start with guests seeking an adventurous whitewater rafting experience in Maine with the best mix of scenery and adrenaline rush on Maine’s Penobscot River. Take a step further and choose the best whitewater rafting guides that not only love rafting the Penobscot River, but take pride in offering exceptionally exciting Penobscot Rafting adventures, by showcasing their whitewater rafting skills, outdoor-loving personalities, and knowledge required to have the best, safest class V Penobscot River whitewater rafting adventure in Maine!

nesowadnehunk-fallsOur #1 Penobscot River rafting adventure is our full river rafting trip; challenge the whitewater rapids from class III-V whitewater excitement!  You will whitewater raft over a natural waterfall known as Nesowadnehunk Falls; whitewater surf the falls or enjoy a natural rockslide downstream knows as Nesowadnehunk Stream.  Better known as “the stream”; it’s a beautifully smooth rock ledge that guests enjoy swimming down and sliding into the large eddy pool at the bottom.  Abol and Pockwockamus Falls offer class III-IV whitewater, with big waves, turbulent holes and exciting whitewater.

penobscot-river-maineEnjoy our riverside BBQ lunch mid day.  Our Registered Maine raft guides serve up hearty home cooked BBQ of steaks, chicken, vegetable stir fry rice, pasta salad, bread and brownies.  This is a great feast to get guests fueled up for the adrenaline rush of our Penobscot rafting adventures challenging the rapids of the gorge and Penobscot River cribworks.  The class V Penobscot River gorge and cribworks rapid are the most adventurous whitewater rafting sections with big waves, steep drops, huge boulders and beefy hydraulics.  This is an adventurous rafting section only for the most adventurous whitewater rafters.  After the big stuff, take a dip in the river before tackling Class IV Amberjackwockamus falls, or “Amberjack”.  This rapid is all about surfs up and a super spot to surf the rapids!

penobscot-river-gorgeThe most adventurous guests will request our Double Trouble Penobscot River Whitewater Rafting trip.  This adrenaline whitewater ride is double the class V’s because we raft the Penobscot river gorge twice!  If you think our Penobscot Rafting Adventures sounds like a great way to get wet and have a wild whitewater ride, then jump in on the action and join Northeast Whitewater for Penobscot River rafting.  Northeast Whitewater provides all necessary safety and rafting equipment, transportation to and from the river, grilled riverside BBQ, well trained rafting guides – that are fun to spend the day with – and a Penobscot rafting adventure that is sure to delight!

Check out our Two Rivers in Two Days whitewater rafting packages to get the most whitewater rafting packed into two days on our Kennebec River rafting trip and Penobscot River rafting trip for a mix of whitewater fun for families to fanatics. Whatever the whitewater rafting adventure you choose, Northeast Whitewater has the best whitewater rafting adventures for you!  We look forward to seeing you whitewater rafting in Maine with Northeast Whitewater.  For more information call 207-695-0151 or reserve your Penobscot Rafting Adventures today.

Moosehead Outdoor Adventures

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When you visit New England, you will find that Maine has countless adventures worthy of recognition.  Dig a little deeper, Northeast Whitewater is at the heart of Maine outdoor adventures with activities for families and fanatics at Moosehead Lake.  Our Moosehead Outdoor Adventures appeal to the most adventurous spirits or those seeking a quieter experience in the Maine woods.  Northeast Whitewater has the best mix of Moosehead outdoor adventures from whitewater rafting in Maine, to seeking out moose on one of our daily moose watching tours, and the Moosehead Lake area is home to over 20 waterfalls within 10 miles of Northeast Whitewater – the best mix of Moosehead Outdoor Adventures is right here – all we need is you!  Choose from our most popular Moosehead outdoor adventures, whether that be a half or full day trip or our popular stay and play packages.

kennebec-river-raftingOur #1 whitewater rafting trip at Moosehead Lake is our Kennebec River Whitewater Rafting trip.  The headwaters of the Kennebec River begin at Moosehead Lake.  Northeast Whitewater is the only Maine rafting company located at Moosehead Lake and we take care of our guests by providing transportation to and from the river for the day trip, provide all necessary equipment and enjoy our riverside BBQ half way through the day.  Enjoy big, high volume, whitewater waves and rapids best suited for all ages 8+ and older!  The Kennebec River is Northeast Whitewater’s most popular whitewater rafting trip and is the perfect rafting trip for families to enjoy together.   Step it up a notch for our more adventurous Penobscot River whitewater rafting trip in our two rivers in two days package at Moosehead Lake!

maine-moose-watchingWhat is most unique about our location at Moosehead Lake besides being the only rafting company here?  We have the highest population of moose in the state!  Guests have the wonderful opportunity to see a moose with us on many of our Moosehead outdoor adventures or you can opt to join us on our daily moose watching tours by land or canoe.  Our Maine moose tours are centered on the moose habitat and run in the morning and evenings daily.  Moose Watching with Northeast Whitewater is a must when you are in search of the best Maine outdoor adventures!

maine-waterfall-hikesSeek out Maine’s most scenic waterfalls less than 10 miles from Northeast Whitewater.  The Moosehead Lake area is known as the Maine Highlands because of the mountains that surround our ponds, lakes, streams and rivers – the elevation and water creates tumbling and cascading waterfalls.  Goodall falls is 2 miles from Northeast Whitewater at the start of Maine’s 100 Mile Wilderness section of the Appalachian Trail with parking lot for a stop before or after you arrive at Northeast Whitewater for your Moosehead outdoor adventures.  Or join our Maine guides for our full or half day area waterfall hikes during your Maine vacation.

yurts-glampingNortheast Whitewater has the perfect mix of outdoor adventure in nature, with the opportunity to take in the tranquility of this magnificent area of the Maine woods at Moosehead Lake.  Get started with your Moosehead Lake Things to Do and outdoor adventures by planning a half day or full day trip or package any of our Moosehead outdoor adventures during your stay in our yurts!

Lastly, make sure to take the time to know who you are going on guided trips with: some of the large Maine rafting companies may advertise here at Moosehead Lake, but they are not located at Moosehead which means you have to drive away from Moosehead Lake to get to them.  Northeast Whitewater is the only Maine rafting company located at Moosehead Lake.  We are your Moosehead Outdoor Adventures rafting company and guide service, with personalized rafting trips, guided moose watching tours, hikes, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboard trips and outdoor education programs for all to enjoy.  We look forward to being a part of your Maine outdoor adventures soon!  FMI 207-695-0151

Maine Wildlife Tours and Safaris

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Maine Wildlife Tours and Safaris make it possible for guests that visit Maine to experience our natural world without having to be in charge of the off road expedition.  Our Registered Maine guides take guests into the natural habitat of Maine’s wildlife to experience nature, the woods, streams, ponds, rivers and wildlife that call the Moosehead Lake area home.  How does immersing yourself in nature actually feel?  When it’s happening all around you on our Maine wildlife tours it’s easy to get caught up in a feeling; that feeling that we are fortunate observers and actually apart of a greater ecological experience.  There is a heart beat of nature right here in the Moosehead Lake area, that we invite you to be apart of when you join Northeast Whitewater on our Maine wildlife tours and safaris.

maine-wildlife-toursNortheast Whitewater Registered Maine guides are fortunate to spend each day in Maine’s Moosehead Lake area observing habitat of moose, deer, loons, eagles, waterfowl and various forms of Maine wildlife in their natural setting; our home is the Maine Woods. Our registered Maine guides recognize that wildlife watching requires strong field skills, knowledge of the forest and wildlife that live here; that is why we take our guests to the best areas to gain the most informative wildlife experience.

Maine is the only eastern state with a sizeable moose population.  Scheduled moose and wildlife tours leaves two times daily, in the morning and in the evening, centered on the habitat of our maine-wildlife-moose-toursMaine wildlife.  Maine is a destination for birdwatchers during all seasons.  Visit Northeast Whitewater wildlife tours and safaris on a guided wildlife tour for highlights of the best spots to watch feathered friends of all types.  We have numerous lakes, ponds, wetlands, and rivers that are ideal habitat for a variety of water birds to listen to and photograph.

On our wildlife tours and safaris you may see trout jumping, loon and ducks, Beaver, Otter, Whitetail deer, Snowshoe Hare, Bobcat, Black Bear and of course, the infamous Maine Moose – a Maine celebrity here!  The Maine woods is home to our moose, but also Great Horned Owls, Pileated Woodpeckers, Wood Ducks, Hawks, Turkey Vultures, Turtles, Squirrels, Chipmunks, White Tailed Deer, Mink, Fisher, Wild Turkeys, Black-capped Chickadees, Cardinals, many Warblers, Bohemian Waxwings, Bald Eagles, and more!  Bald eagles are actively seen at the waters edge, near rivers and inlets or outlets ideal for fishing and waterfowl.  Maine’s inland fisheries and wildlife reports that Maine has the largest population of bald eagle in the Northeast, 500 pairs.   Our guided interpretive Maine wildlife tours and safaris offer you beautiful scenery, Moose and wildlife watching, infused with local history.  

Why choose Northeast Whitewater Maine wildlife tours and safaris?  Our guides have a passion for the wilds of the Maine outdoors and are well rounded naturalists.  We offer small, personalized trips and your choice of group moose watching tours, private Maine wildlife and moose safaris, and bird watching tours.  Visit the Moosehead Lake area, the heart of Maine’s moose country, home to the largest lake and the North Maine woods where wildlife thrive in this uniquely awesome natural environment.  For more information about our Maine wildlife tours and safaris, wildlife photography and bird watching call 207-695-0151 and Get Started on your wildlife adventure with us!

6 Reasons You Want to Stay in a Yurt

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Yurts, a unique lodging experience and way to stay.  Today, there is a growing trend for travelers to enjoy unique experiences while vacationing and a yurt lodging stay, offers just that.  We have put together 6 reasons you want to stay in a yurt this season for a unique vacation experience.  Gone are the days when the majority of travelers prefer to stay in hotels and have predictable travel experiences. This is a new era of travel, where anything is possible.  Granted you may not be looking for the most profound vacation experience, instead just looking for a new way to have a good time. You can get that in a yurt.  If you like tent camping but prefer to sleep in a real bed, you’ll definitely love staying in a yurt!  Though, I’m sure there are many more reasons to stay in a yurt, these 6 reasons you want to stay in a yurt this season offer a great start to get you well on your way to planning your unique vacation experience in Maine with all of our Moosehead Lake Things to Do.

A yurt and its surroundings:  yurts-glamping

Yurts are located in amazing places and yurts offer a unique lodging stay!  If you’ve never stayed in a yurt (or round wood framed, structured tent), you’re missing out on the benefits that these beautiful, unique and cool lodgings have to offer. Yurts offer a perfect mixture of enjoyment in the outdoors, all the while offering the comforts of home on your next camping trip.

Forget camp site set up and crack a cold one:

What a pleasant relief to check-in and almost immediately get down to the business of enjoying yourself, rather than having to set up camp.  When you contemplate the off chance of a rainy weekend of camping, a yurt stay will seriously make you parent of the year with the kids.  Besides, there is no set up to worry about when you stay in a yurt.  Park the car, grab your bags – don’t forget the cooler – and relax!

Nature surrounds you:

Yurts connect you with nature.  Yurts provide the perfect link between open air camping and staying in a cabin.  Our yurts offer the best of both worlds when you yurt with us, since you are surrounded by nature, but have a bed, blankets, electricity and a dome sky light to star gaze at night.   It’s roughing it, while enjoying mother nature.

Budget friendly lodging option:

Affordability is key when you want to pack in lots of activities during your vacation getaway and yurts are just that; affordable.  Granted, yurts don’t offer the same amenities that a motel would, since there is a short walk to the bathhouse and showers and you won’t have a chamber maid to clean up after you, but the trade off of staying in a quiet, wooded setting in nature makes a yurt stay a great budget friendly lodging option.

Sleeping in a bed:

Rather than worrying about that air mattress or sleeping pad and bag, our yurts have beds.  Our 6 person yurts have 3 sets of bunk beds, each with a mattress, sheets and bedding.  Granted this may be a simple mattress, but after a full day of adventuring with Northeast Whitewater, our yurts offer a cozy and comfortable night sleep.  In a yurt, you can enjoy active outdoor adventures such as whitewater rafting and hiking during the day and then after dark, listen to the crickets.

maine-family-vacationYurts bring people together:

With our spacious 6 person yurt, an entire family can comfortably stay together. The circular design and cozy atmosphere yurts provide are ideal for embracing the great outdoors together. After a day filled with outdoor adventure, you can retreat to a comfortable bed, making it an ideal vacation choice for active families. Plus, the circular communal space inside a yurt offers an ideal setting for gazing through the domed structure at the sky and the stars and relaxing together. Inside one comfortable room, you can come together to play games, tell stories; two things that are increasingly endangered in our technological world.

There are all types of yurts.  Here at Northeast Whitewater, we have 4 yurts that are new in 2018!  2 of the yurts sleep 6 guests each with 3 sets of bunk beds; ideal for families or small groups.  The 2 smaller yurts each have 1 king bed, ideal for couples or single adventure travelers.  Decor for all 4 is in the works and we’ll make sure to post pictures when complete!  You can reserve your unique adventure vacation with Northeast Whitewater and stay with us in our new yurts this season or contact our adventure coordinators to talk about our stay and play packages and new yurts; we are pretty confident you will want to stay in a yurt this season!

Benefits of Swiftwater Rescue Training

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The benefits of swiftwater rescue training are far greater than the alternative, which could be a tragic, preventable accident.  Northeast Whitewater trains participants in our Level IV ACA Swiftwater Rescue Training with hands-on, scenario-based rescue training designed swiftwater-rescue-trainingspecifically for whitewater boaters; kayakers, rafters, cat boaters, stand up paddleboarders, river boarders, and canoeists.  You will learn and progress your knowledge of how the river works in river hydrology, risk assessment, self rescue and how to save others, as well as understanding how to use your gear and equipment.  Ultimately the benefits of swiftwater rescue training results in solid survival skills.

Our Level IV ACA Swiftwater Rescue training is a fast-paced, scenario-based rescue course designed to develop the ability to choose good actions when a river rescue is necessary. This hands-on and physical course focuses on quick reaction time and thorough understanding of options and resources. The skills portion emphasizes knowing personal limits and skill level, knowledge of basic rope skills, and the ability to execute a rescue. Focusing on rescue scenarios that you are most likely to encounter while paddling, participants will practice rescue techniques through a variety of on river scenarios.

Northeast Whitewater Swiftwater Rescue Level IV Training workshop teaches recognition and avoidswift-water-rescue-trainingance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques, and rescue techniques for paddlers in distress. Emphasis is placed both on personal safety and on simple, commonly used skills. Techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risks for both victim and rescuer, such as strainers, rescue vest applications, entrapments, and pins, also are practiced. Scenarios will provide an opportunity for participants to practice their skills both individually and within a group context.  This course should be a pre-requisite for anyone boating on any river anywhere!

Northeast Whitewater offers training programs in Swiftwater Rescue Training for Boy Scouts in their Merit Badge Pursuits, Wilderness First Aid & CPR, Maine Guide Courses in Recreation & Whitewater Rafting.  For more information about Swiftwater Rescue Training, its benefits and why Swiftwater Rescue is invaluable for all individuals who spend a good portion of their lives on whitewater rivers as river guides, trip leaders, or paddlers contact us today!  207-695-0151. Ready to enroll?  Sign up today!

Wildlife Watching Nature Tours

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Maine welcomes you to be an observer of the natural world through wildlife watching nature tours!

Birds chirping, moose munching, deer bounding and otters playing – the sounds of the forest are all right here. Wildlife watching allows you to experience places you would not normally go, but because it is awe-inspiring, fond memories are created through the sounds and smells of the forest, being surrounded by nature and feeling like you are actually a part of something really special.  If you have a love for nature, wildlife and all living things, wildlife watching nature tours are a wonderfully wild way to immerse yourself in our natural world.  All you need is a little patience.

Successful wildlife watching is truly an adventure.  Wildlife are not always predictable and that is whatmoose tours makes the excitement of those special wildlife watching moments so thrilling.  For example, on our wildlife watching nature tours, we spend time in areas that are known for moose.  Even though moose are prone to being very habitual creatures, timing is what makes the encounters so exciting each time. Wildlife are unpredictable, even when we think we can predict their next move, they continue to surprise us.  A rewarding wildlife watching adventure allows you to understand nature and the inhabitants of the woods around you.

Important tips to take into consideration when planning your wildlife watching nature tour:

  • Each season presents a different occasion for viewing wildlife.  Therefore, if you have specific goals with wildlife watching, for instance seeing a moose calf, make sure you are visiting at the right time of year.
  • Time of day is important to take into consideration.  Visiting at dawn and dusk, when many animals feed, offers the best moments to spot wildlife.
  • Wildlife watching ethics are vital to our continued ability to wildlife watch.  Respecting wildlife by blending in to our natural world and remaining quiet, keeping a respectful distance from the wildlife, and finding a comfortable spot to remain still and take in the wildlife watching nature experience is really what makes wildlife watching so special.

Wildlife Watching Nature Tours

The Moosehead Lake area of Maine and Northeast Whitewater are a prime location for wildlife watching nature tours.  With 3.5 million acres of forestland, the Maine woods are home to white tailed deer, moose, black bear, bobcat, coyotes, red fox, fisher, otter, mink, beaver, snowshoe hare and so much more!  Combine your Bar Harbor whale watching and puffin tour with our wildlife watching nature tours, Maine moose watching tour, moose watching safari or bird watching tour – no matter what the wildlife watching adventure, let Northeast Whitewater be your guide!

Guides Fishing Weekend

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Northeast Whitewater guides fishing weekend was a fabulous fishing success, but also a wonderful northeast whitewater guideswinter weekend for Northeast Whitewater guides to get together here at Moosehead Lake to catch up, catch fish and enjoy the snow, ice and lots of food together.  All good times begin with food and we all enjoy camp stove cooking -a daily occurrence on our rafting trips– so we traded the whitewater for ice fishing and cooked up some great home-cooked food for a weekend on the ice.

Northeast Whitewater guides registered for the 11th annual ice fishing derby.  Our registrations makes it mount kineopossible to win prizes, but more importantly the ice fishing derby is the largest fundraiser for the Natural Resource Education Center (NREC) and all the profits go toward programs like the Maine Woods Explorer program and Fisheries Internships.  It’s a wonderful winter weekend to get together and enjoy Moosehead Lake, with bonus that all the proceeds go to valuable programs in our community.  Can’t you picture yourself right here?  Mount Kineo is our favorite ice fishing spot.

The Natural Resource Education Center (NREC) in conjunction with Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife & Rick Craven host the Moosehead Lake Togue Ice Fishing Derby each year.  Ricky Craven is an ESPN broadcaster.  Prior to his ESPN duties, he was a NASCAR driver who won in four different series—the K&N Pro Series, and the three national series. Ricky is from Maine, lives in North Carolina and also has a home here at Moosehead Lake.  The Moosehead Lake ice fishing derby is typically the last weekend of January each year, so plan ahead.

Ice fishing is a fun winter activity.  Plan to bundle up, bring your friends along, cook up some good food and enjoy!  We all had a great time together and of course was a bonus that the fish were biting. northeast whitewater fishing

Moose Tours Near Bar Harbor

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A visit to Maine’s coast is not quite complete without visiting our moose tours near Bar Harbor.  For moose to live on Maine’s rocky coast is not impossible, but unlikely.  Instead moose live in the woodlands and forests of the Maine highlands.  A day trip from Bar Harbor to experience a Maine moose watching tour is a highlight for visitors and one that should top your list when you are planning a vacation to Maine to see moose.

Northeast Whitewater’s Maine moose watching tours and moose safaris run in the morning and evening daily.  Guided moose tours are structured around moose habitat to get guests out in the woods during the best times to see moose in their natural surroundings.  Moose are large herbivorous maine-bull-moosemammals that browse on aquatic and marsh plants such as horsetails and pondweed with active feeding early in the morning and evenings each day.  Our most popular moose tour is our Maine moose watching tour by canoe.  Guides get guests out on remote, Maine woods ponds where moose come to the ponds to feed.  Incredible wildlife encounters ideal for nature lovers, wildlife photographers, and moose enthusiasts make for a memorable, once in a lifetime experience.  We are the closest moose tour guide service to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, so when planning your moose tours near Bar Harbor,  look no further than Northeast Whitewater Maine moose watching tours and safaris.

Plan your day trip for moose tours near Bar Harbor.  Typically, the drive from Bar Harbor to Northeast Whitewater at Moosehead Lake is 2 hours and 15 minutes.  It’s a scenic drive on well maintained roads.  If you choose our morning moose tour, the guided moose tour departs from Northeast Whitewater in Shirley, Maine at 6 AM and returns by 10 AM.  If you are an early riser this may be the ideal moose and wildlife watching tour for you, since the rest of the day you can enjoy our local shops, a hike or antiquing your way back to Bar Harbor that day.  Our afternoon moose watching tours depart between 3 PM – 5 PM depending on the season.  You can also choose to stay with us during your moose watching visit.  We offer stay & play packages for all of our activities with your choice of camping or lakeside motel.

moose-canoe-tourMoose tours near Bar Harbor are offered for groups, families and the serious moose watcher on our Maine moose tours and safaris.  You can choose from land tours by van or our guest favorite moose tour by canoe.  Whichever Maine moose watching tour or safari you choose, you can be assured that you are hiring exceptional guides poised to lead you into the natural world of moose and other native Maine wildlife, gain local knowledge and have a whole lot of fun along the way.  So, what are you waiting for?  Book your moose tours near Bar Harbor with Northeast Whitewater!  207-695-0151

Northeast Whitewater Winter Activities

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Winter activities at Northeast Whitewater guide you into the Maine Woods to enjoy snowy landscapes, wildlife in winter and the natural, unspoiled woodlands around Moosehead Lake.  Our registered Maine guides customize Northeast Whitewater winter activities to our guests comfort level to provide the best winter experience on each and every trip.  If you enjoy the snow and looking for new adventures, make the Moosehead Lake area and Northeast Whitewater winter activities your adventure destination for guided snowshoe treks, bird and wildlife watching from our warm and comfy van or a day on the ice, enjoying a locals favorite, ice fishing.

Guided Snowshoe Treks

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Snowshoes are the mode of travel for wildlife watching in winter in Maine’s north woods.  Our private guided snowshoe treks get guests into the quiet, natural environment of the Maine woods for animal tracking, moose watching, bird identification and wildlife photography.  Bring your binoculars along to enjoy a quiet snowshoe trek in the Maine woods to see bluejay, cardinal, goldfinch, and the black capped chickadee.  Track moose, deer, fox and snowshoe hare; you may even find animal tracks for bobcat and lynx! For our guests most interested in moose and wildlife photography, our guided snowshoe trek takes you to the best places to maximize your moose sightings by getting you deeper into the woods and areas that moose live in winter.

Wildlife Watching Photography Tours

Seeking a comfortable option to get out and enjoy the woods without having to stray too far from the vehicle?  Our winter wildlife watching photography tours are the right guided trip for guests looking to enjoy nature, view the snow covered landscape and seek out moose, bald eagle and connect with nature during the winter at Maine’s Moosehead Lake.  We can guide you to snowy riversides for bald eagle photography or if your ultimate goal is moose photography and to see the elusive Maine moose, our registered Maine guides know the secret moose spots and best time of day in winter to capture the wildlife photography that you are looking for.

maine-ice-fishingGuided Ice Fishing Trips

Moosehead Lake is home to landlocked salmon, lake trout, brook trout and smallmouth bass, which makes for active days spent on the ice, ice fishing.  Our registered Maine Guides drill holes and show you how to set your ice fishing traps, get ready for flags and jig holes for fish.  While enjoying a day on the ice, you can x-country ski, snowshoe or listen to fish folk lore, all the while enjoying the beautiful area, eating hearty meals and catching the big one!

Experience Northeast Whitewater winter activities from mid-January until mud season begins.  And, since mud season is our transition from winter activities to our spring trips and tours, you can enjoy adventures with Northeast Whitewater from mid-January through the end of October each year!  Our most popular trips during the spring, summer and fall seasons are our moose watching tours, waterfall hikes and whitewater rafting trips.  Visit Northeast Whitewater at Moosehead Lake – your adventure destination for Moosehead Lake Things to Do!  Wondering about our winter activities?  Contact Northeast Whitewater at 207-695-0151 for the best guided winter activities at Moosehead Lake.

Destination Moosehead Lake Hiking Guide

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Moosehead Lake is a destination for everything outdoors; visitor highlights include seeing moose in their natural habitat, tackling whitewater rapids on our nearby rivers, relaxing with a book at a lakeside retreat and yes, hiking!  Not only is the Moosehead Lake area ideal for the casual hiker, it also is a destination for the more serious backpacker.  What’s great about this combination of rolling hills and mountains?  Based on your skill level you can choose from short day hikes or opt for a more rigorous and challenging mountain based on your hiking pursuit.  Check out some of our favorite hikes in our Destination Moosehead Lake hiking guide!

Mountain peaks and waterfalls abound in the Moosehead Lake area, but you have to plan accordingly the time to get to some of these very remote hiking spots and roundtrip hiking time.  Fortunately, there are waterfalls and mountain peaks great for hiking enthusiasts that are nearby to Northeast Whitewater for the casual day hikers and for the more serious hikers, some destinations are an hour away on dirt roads which makes the hike and the drive both a challenging adventure.  Consider hiring Northeast Whitewater guides for both easy and the more challenging hiking pursuits!

The appalachian trail and section known as the 100 mile wilderness (the trail doesn’t approach any towns or places for hikers to resupply) is 5 miles south of Northeast Whitewater and continues north to Mount Katahdin, but not before rising up and over some challenging and scenic hikes nearby to Moosehead Lake.  Goodall Falls is at the entrance of the trailhead here and a nice stop for guests looking to stretch their legs, walk a few steps on the appalachian trail and see a scenic Maine waterfall.  There is a good size parking lot here.  Barren Mountain, Chairback Mountain and White Cap Mountain are all challenging hikes on the appalachian trail in the Moosehead Lake area.  These mountains are accessible as day hikes.  Plan for a full day, bring food/snacks and water, and plan for windy weather on the peaks, so pack some layers.

Nearby to Northeast Whitewater are Big Moose and Little Moose Mountains, and Eagle Rock.  All three hikes are nearby, scenic and wonderfully versatile hikes in the Moosehead Lake arelittle-moose-mountain-pondsa located northwest of Northeast Whitewater in Shirley and ranging in 10-30 minutes drive time to get to the trailheads.  What we love about Little Moose Mountain is the variety of hiking trails one can enjoy here.  There are 3 trailheads to access Little Moose Mountain; the easternmost trailhead is on the left as you depart Greenville north on Route 15.  The western most trailhead is called Notch Pond trailhead and located near the boat launch of Big Indian Pond.  Our favorite section is the Big and Little Moose Ponds trailhead, which is a loop trail.  There are ledges and dramatic cliffs, mossy covered boulders and tall standing evergreen trees add to the beauty of the hike.  

Big Moose Mountain offers panoramic views of Moosehead Lake; where you can see the charming town of Greenville (southernmost town on Moosehead Lake) and northwest towards Mount Kineo and north towards Big Spencer and Little Spencer Mountains.  This is a wonderful day hike for active people looking for a 3-4 hour hiking trip that is moderately challenging.

eagle-rock-hikeEagle Rock is a 6.3 mile roundtrip hike that also offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, lakes and ponds.  What is unique about this hike is that there are many moderate hills to pass up and over and then a few steep climbs to scenic views, so the hiking day covered seems much longer because of the ups and downs.  It’s well worth it!  The views are spectacular and makes for a great day out in the woods.  Pack a lunch/snacks and plenty of water and take in the beauty here.

If your next destination is Moosehead Lake, consider hiking on your own or with a guide, one of these mountain peaks!  If the spirit of competition gets you motivated, consider the Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit.  The Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit is a six mountain hiking challenge. The mountains include: Mount Kineo, Number Four Mountain, Whitecap Mountain, Eagle Rock, Big Moose Mountain, and Borestone Mountain.

Happy hiking and don’t forget to bring along your best friend (furry or otherwise)!