During the spring and summer months, visitors come to this area to catch a glimpse of our local celebrity-- the moose with its imposing size and unique physique. Moose watching is fast becoming the Katahdin Region's favorite family activity and can be done by boat, car and even by foot. Moose seem to pop up where you least expect them, especially on the roads, so travel carefully!
In the spring, as the water plants sprout in shallow water, moose emerge from deep in the woods and are easy to see by the roadside. Late May and early June, they wade out at dawn and dusk to avoid the bugs and continue to forage. Moose often adopt a routine; so many campers can encounter them almost like clockwork. Although quiet and shy by nature, care should be taken to give moose safe distance, particularly a cow with her calf in the spring, or a male in rut in the fall, as they can be aggressive. At birth, moose weight 20 to 35 pounds. However, a mature bull moose will eat 40 to 50 pounds a day, and can grow to weigh 1000-1400 pounds. Cows weigh between 700 and 900 pounds.
The Katahdin area probably has more moose per square mile than any other place in Maine. Unlike the coastal and southern areas of Maine, the Katahdin region offers natural habitat including woodlands, wetlands and marshes, vegetation (food), and ponds (water) for moose to prosper. The Katahdin area features forests that extend from Millinocket to Canada with little in between but woodlands and wildlife. Baxter State Park also provides over 200,000 acres of land where moose are protected from hunting.
Your best chance of spotting moose is either at dawn or sunset at the edges of area lakes and ponds. Many visitors will utilize a moose tour company for ensuring their best chance of viewing Moose while visiting the Katahdin Area. Some moose tour companies offer boat and kayak trips while others utilize vans.
Visit Maine's premier moose habitat with a Registered Maine Guide and view these amazing animals feeding in a natural environment in the wild. We've been guiding for over 25 years and employ the best and most personal guide staff to help ensure that you can view and photograph moose. We offer moose tours daily in our luxury pontoon boat, touring kayaks or canoes, or from a 4-wheel drive comfortable truck or van, all air conditioned. Sometimes we take you by boat and then by vehicle to help ensure that you see moose. Check our moose sighting guarantee, and let NEOC exceed your expectations!
Since 1872, Nahmakanta Lake Wilderness Camps has been a premier destination for hiking, canoeing, kayaking, wildlife and birdwatching and some of the best trout and salmon fishing in Maine. Our historic 19th century dining lodge and newly restored, private guest cabins are right on the shores of sparkling, spring-fed "Nahmakanta", often called Maine's most beautiful lake! We are situated in the heart of Maine's fabled "North Woods" between two trout streams in an idyllic setting of tall shade trees, green lawns and wildflowers. Our unique location and exclusive access make this one of New England's finest wilderness vacations! Moose and nesting loons are often seen right in front of camp. The "100 Mile Wilderness" section of the famed "Appalachian Trail" is just 1/2 mile away.
How does it get even better than this? The New England Outdoor Center "NEOC", home of Twin Pine Cabins and the River Drivers Restaurant, located on Millinocket Lake overlooking Katahdin , Maine's highest mountain and Baxter State Park comprises all the essential pieces for an unforgettable Maine winter vacation.
Plan your ultimate Maine vacation; come and stay with us in our high quality accommodation overlooking Millinocket Lake and Maine's highest mountain, Katahdin. Our full-service lakeside cabins are open year round and our award winning River Drivers Restaurant is open seven days a week. Our resort is trailside to some of the best snowmobile trails in New England. In addition to snowmobiling, we offer cross country ski trails designed by Olympian John Morton, snowshoeing, ice-fishing, back country skiing and more.