Top Ten Things to Do in the Katahdin Region in the Fall and Winter
10. Get some history: Check out the Millinocket Historical Society or the Snowmobile Museum
9. Drive around the Katahdin Woods & Waters Scenic Byway and enjoy the Fall Foliage or Winter Wonderland. See the varied small towns that make up our Region, each with its own charm and identity.
8. Hunt for various wildlife species, at different times of the season. Grouse, partridge, bear, deer, and turkeys!
7. Take a sightseeing tour by plane, fly over Katahdin and the north Maine Woods to see the region from a new angle, and a different season
6. Come run or watch the Millinocket Marathon & Half! December 9.
5. Come for our Winter Celebration… Winterfest! It includes the snowmobile parade down Penobscot Avenue, ending with food and a bonfire. Enjoy the Snowmobile Best of Show at the Northern Timber Cruisers Clubhouse, Kids Ice Fishing day at Jerry Pond, and Kids Day at the East Branch Snow Rovers Clubhouse.
4. Experience the thrill of “mushing” your own dogsled team.
3. Warm up by the fire and share the peace and tranquility of Katahdin in Fall and Winer, after any of the many activities available.
2. Hit the snow… Go snowshoeing or cross country skiing on one of our fabulous groomed trails
1. Go Snowmobiling! The Katahdin Region is THE Snowmobiling Destination of the East Coast! Rent or bring your own, we’ve got you covered!
And so much more…
We invite you to visit our four season destination where trails, fun and recreation are plentiful year round! Miles and miles of terrain are waiting to be explored by hunters, fishermen and hiking enthusiasts alike. Kayakers, canoeists and whitewater daredevils look to the lakes, rivers and streams in our neck of the woods, considered among the best. While you’re here, catch a glimpse of our local celebrity – the Moose and the spectacular scenery the Katahdin area is famous for!
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The Patten Lumbermen’s Museum invites you to visit our facility to learn all about Maine logging history, including the use of bateaux on waterways to transport supplies, the stories of the fearless river drivers, what life was like inside a remote logging camp, and even the role of bean hole beans.
The Millinocket Historical Society was founded in 1979 by residents Polly and Bud Segee with a mission to gather and preserve Millinocket’s history along with the artifacts that remind us where and how our town came to be. By preserving these treasures of our past, we ensure our future generations will be able to appreciate the people and families that built this town and savor the spirit of the generations that came before them.
The Northern Timber Cruisers Antique Snowmobile Museum is located adjacent to the clubhouse and currently contains 36 antique snowmobiles. It is probably one of the largest collections of “old iron” in the Northeast.
Percival P. Baxter made it his life’s “magnificent obsession” to create, protect, and provide to the people of Maine a wilderness haven encompassing some of the most rugged terrain in the Northeast.
Spread across a wild landscape offering spectacular views of Mount Katahdin, Katahdin Woods and Waters invites discovery of its rivers, streams, woods, flora, fauna, geology, and the night skies that have attracted humans for millennia.
River Pond Nature Trail can be enjoyed in less than an hour by a quick walk down the Tenderfoot Trail or on a longer loop. The area is best seen on the 4-mile loop that begins from the primary trail head and connects the Tenderfoot Trail, Timber Cruisers Trail, and the Foresters Trail. A shorter loop can be made from the secondary trailhead using just the Timber Cruisers Trail and the Bluebird Trail.
A journey along the Michael Michaud Walking & Biking Trail is a refreshing experience any time of the year!
This quick, 1-mile, blue-blazed trail offers three separate destinations and highlights one of the most interesting features in the preserve known as the ice caves. The trail leads up and down through granite boulders, leftovers of the last Ice Age’s glacial activity. The first turnoff on the right leads to a scenic lookout, which offers a vista of First Debsconeag Lake and the Debsconeag Deadwater. Continuing down the Ice Cave Trail (left at the fork), will bring you to another fork. Veer right to see the Ice Cave – a deep hole under a jumble of boulders with a cool environment that retains ice sometimes as late as August. This is a great spot to cool off in some of Nature’s best air conditioning. Turning left at the fork will bring you to the shore of First Debsconeag Lake.
Bait Hole Recreation Trails offer easy, wide trails for walking, running, or biking during the summer. The trail network is named after the pond west of the trailhead where bait fish were once kept for fishing in nearby Elbow Lake. Moose and seasonal waterfowl can frequently be seen in this pond and nearby marsh.
This trail is strenuous, so bring good shoes and plenty of drinking water. The path leads through some remarkable stands of old-frowth forest and loops around Clifford and Woodman ponds. Rainbow Lake, the end of the trail, is the largest of the lakes in the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area, and is a great spot to see loons and bald eagles. It is also one of seven lakes in Maine with arctic char, a native fish related to salmon and trout.
The Grindstone Falls Trail is an easy hike providing access to the river for fisherman, photographers, and anyone else exploring the Katahdin Woods & Waters Scenic Byway.
This little gem is a great option for children or anyone who is looking for a nature walk with no elevation gain. It is located in Baxter State Park within sight of Togue Pond Gatehouse. The Cranberry Pond trail winds through the forest to arrive at Cranberry Pond. Bring a picnic lunch and before or after your hike, enjoy the sand beach, the beautiful view of Katahdin and swimming at Togue Pond.
BSP boasts dozens of trails, including Abol, Hunt, Helon Taylor, Dudley, Cathedral, Saddle, Knife Edge, Hamlin Ridge, Chimney Pond, North End, The Traveler Loop, and countless shorter day hikes.
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument (multiple trails)
This trail continues to meander along the picturesque Horserace Brook that drains the pond, as well as through a stand of old-growth hemlock. The pristine Horserace Pond is surrounded by deep green conifers and granite cliffs and boulders.
Mt. Chase is a fairly easy climb for adults and children. To reach the trail, head north on Route 11. At 6.5 miles north of Patten, turn left onto a dirt road. Most vehicles can drive this road. Once you park, walk over the level field to the trail, where you will find a crude sign marking it. Most of the climb is in the forest below the tree line where you will find assorted flora, mosses, birds and small mammals. At the top is a 200 sq. foot granite plate, which is a nice spot for a picnic. Views include Sugarloaf Mountain, Upper and Lower Shin Ponds and breathtaking views of Katahdin and all the peaks in Baxter State Park.
Managed by the Nature Conservancy, the newly completely Rainbow Loop Trail is approximately 2 miles with stunning views of Rainbow Lake, which is the biggest lake in the Debsconeag Lakes chain.
Located in Millinocket off Massachusetts Ave. It has parking, public restrooms, picnic tables, grills, and a playground.
Medway Recreation Area
Located on Rt. 157, the Medway Recreation Area on the East Branch of the Penobscot River offers beautiful scenic paddling. From the beach paddlers can choose to paddle 2 miles upstream or 5 miles downstream.
Park and put in at Crandall Park located on Congress St. in Millinocket.
Public Boat Landing on Ambajejus Lake
Spencer Cove: Located 8 miles from Millinocket on the Lake Road.
Public boat Landing on Millinocket Lake
Across from Ambejejus Lake is lovely Millinocket Lake which offers amazing views of Mt. Katahdin.
Public Boat Landing on South Twin Lake
Take Rt. 11 South for approximately 7 miles and turn right at Marina Dr (5 Lakes Lodge) to the public boat landing. From there enjoy unlimited lake paddling and great views of Mt. Katahdin.
Grant Brook from Millinocket Lake
From the boat landing, paddle left in a northeast direction. Keep to the left of a small island. As you paddle up the inlet it gets narrower. It is a swampy open area. A mile from the lake Grant Brook is only 15-50 feet wide. This is a great place to observe moose.
Pockwockamus Deadwater into River Pond
Located 18 miles north of Millinocket on the Golden Road.
Upper and Lower Togue Ponds
Located on the Baxter State Park Rd, about 17 miles from Millinocket, there is a beach, picnnic area and visitors’s center and boat access.
Hurd Pond Boat Launch
This is a carry-in boat launch in the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area. Bear left on the Hurd Pond Rd right after the Abol Bridge. At the fork go right and drive about one mile to the end of the road and then put-in for Hurd Pond.
Little Holbrook Pond
This is a carry-in boat launch in the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area. Cross Abol Bridge, drive 9.9 miles onthe Golden Road and turn left. Drive about 1/2 mile to the end of the road and the put-in is a short carry to Little Holbrook Pond.
This is a carry-in boat launch in the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area. This is approximately 4.2 miles past Ambajejus Lake on the Golden Road. Turn left, bear right about 2.5 miles down the rod to the public boat landing. From the landing and Debscondeag Deadwater it is a quick paddle into first Debsconeag Lake. This road may not be passable for vehicles with low clearance.
Passamagamet Lake via the West Branch
Located 14 miles north of Millinocket, take the Millinocket Lake Road 9 miles and bear left onto the Golden Road (Across from North Woods Trading Post, then drive 2 miles and turn left onto the Grant Brook Road. Drive 2.8 miles to the bridge and put in on the right just before the bridge and paddle about 1.3 miles upriver. The entrance to Passamagamet Lake is on the left. There is a beach on the left shore 0.8 miles from the river with beautiful vies of Katahdin. This is recommended in mid to late summer when the current isn’t as strong on the West Branch.
Rt. 11 Grindstone Road (Hay Brook Area)
Directions to put in from Rt 157: Take Rt 11 North at the intersection in Medway (blinking yellow light) Drive north approximately 12.3 miles to Grindstone. After crossing a small cement bridge (Hay Brook) drive another 200 feet and turn left on a narrow dirt road and drive another 3– feet to the put-in. You will be on the East Branch of the Penobscot River.
This is an easy 1-1.5 hour paddle- approximately 2 miles round trip. Paddle down the East Branch nearly 1/4 a mile, then take the first left, paddle unther the dridge and up Hay Brook. No current on this narrow-very crooked brook surrounded by many songbirds.
Lower Mud Brook
This is an easy 2.6 mile paddle round trip and will take approximately 1-2 hours. At the put-in, paddle upriver about 300 feet and take the first right. This is a narrow winding brook with no wind. Nearly a mile up Mud Brook there is a beaver dam and quiet water paddling for another half mile about the dam, then it becomes quick water. You may either portage around the quickwater on the right side, or return to the put-in, drive up Rt. 11 North 1 mile and take the first left and carry 150 feet to Mud Brook.
5 Mile Paddle on the East Branch
Big Sebois to the East Branch of the Penobscot River
Start your journey to the pristine Katahdin Region for some of the most scenic and exhilarating snowmobile trails in the state of Maine!
We are a snowmobile club located in Medway, Maine, the heart of some of the best snowmobiling in the country. Miles of scenic groomed trails wind their way throughout the beautiful north Maine woods. Visit the East Branch Sno Rovers any time you need to warm up and have a hot meal after a long day on the trail. You’re only a stranger once.
The JoMary Riders Snowmobile Club maintains over 100 miles of wilderness snowmobile trails with our three commercial-grade diesel powered groomers. Our trail maintenance staff has been recognized by the Maine Snowmobile Association as being “Trail Groomers of the Year.”
The Club is located on South Twin Lake, eight miles outside Millinocket, Maine, and at the edge of the KI/JoMary multiple use forest that spans the high country known as Maine’s famous 100 Mile Wilderness. The region lies between Mount Katahdin to the north, Moosehead Lake to the west, Sebec Lake to the south and the Penobscot River to the east.
Committed to providing our visitors with a safe, fun and family-oriented snowmobiling environment on clear, well-marked, groomed trails. We believe the best snowmobile trail conditions in Maine are right here in the Katahdin region, and we put your money to work for you!
We have over 45 members and groom over 100 miles of trail. Since our first Tucker was ruined by a devastating fire, we now groom with 3 Pisten Bully Groomers. Two out of Shin Pond and one out of Matagamon. We promise to carry on this tradition of unsurpassed trail grooming and dedication to snowmobiling in Maine.
The Northern Timber Cruisers Snowmobile and Cross Country Ski Club grooms and maintains about 20 miles of wilderness cross country ski trails. It is one of the few areas that provides track set trails and scenic views based on a no use fee. Some trails are wooded and protected on windy days while others are open and scenic. There are groomed tracks for traditional style skiing to back country trails where you may be the first to make tracks through fresh snow. Skiers can choose from several prime cross country skiing locations, with each location featuring solitude and unparalleled scenery.
During the winter months the Bait Hole Recreation Trails offer easy to moderate groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The trail network is named after the pond west of the trail head where bait fish were once kept for fishing in nearby Elbow Lake. Moose and seasonal waterfowl can frequently be seen in this pond and nearby marsh. The trail network consists of 2 primary loops with a few additional connecting trails and short-cuts.
During the winter months we offer cross country skiing and snowshoeing on our beautiful golf course.
Whether you step forward with a hardwood frame and rawhide lacings or with a more modern shoe, the wide open terrain at New England Outdoor Center will provide hours of unlimited exploring and adventure. Enjoy snowshoeing in Maine right from your cabin door, or skiing or snowmobiling. Whichever winter sport suits you best.
The North End/Matagamon entrance of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument offers nearly 25 miles of packed and groomed trails perfect for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The trails meander along the East Branch of the Penobscot River and through rolling forested terrain.
Grooming begins in the North End of the monument in early January. The trails offer a variety of routes for all ages and abilities. Trails are groomed for classic and, conditions permitting, skate skiing. Snowshoers and leashed pets must walk outside of the ski tracks.