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!
Open year-round and located on Millinocket Lake just 8 miles from Baxter State Park with spectacular views of Mt. Katahdin our cabins are fully furnished and include all bedding, towels, full kitchens, gas grill and baths. They can sleep 4 to 14 people. All cabins come with a free canoe and use of the sandy beach, fire rings with free wood, docks, motor boat rentals, hot tub, large screen TV and ping pong. We offer guided moose and wildlife tours from our pontoon boat, canoe, touring kayak or van, fishing, whitewater rafting, guided hikes, snowmobile and snowshoe rentals in winter.
- Moose & Wildlife Tours: See the Katahdin Region's abundant wildlife (including moose, deer and bear) from the air! Be sure to bring your camera for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
- Scenic Flights: Our scenic flights include a bird's eye view of Mt. Katahdin and surrounding areas, the West Branch of the Penobscot River & the Golden Road. No matter the season, you will enjoy abundant beauty as you soar above our picturesque "backyard".
- Bush Plan Adventure Flights: If flying at low altitudes over our beautiful lakes, rivers, ponds and mountains is what you desire, we can set up your own personal 'Bush Plane Adventure Flight'. These adrenaline-filled adventures are available year-round, whether we are on floats, skis or tundra tires.
Contact us today to schedule your personalized flight. We can even pick you up at your waterfront location! Check out our Facebook page to see some photos of our adventures.