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Moosehead Lake Public Reserved Land


Visit the legendary Mt. Kineo and camp, boat and fish on Maine's largest lake.

Moosehead Lake, New England's largest freshwater body, lies at the gateway to the North Maine Woods and offers camping, fishing, hunting, paddling, hiking, paddling, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing opportunities. The sheer face of Mount Kineo, with 700-foot cliffs, forms the centerpiece of a spectacular landscape long cherished for its natural beauty and plentiful resources.

Moosehead Lake is the headwaters of the Kennebec River, and represents a critical hub in a network of traditional canoe routes. Two ancient carries (where natives portaged boats and gear) linked Moosehead with the West Branch of the Penobscot and the Allagash rivers, and with the Penobscot's North Branch and the St. John River. Recreational paddlers today still enjoy water trails such as the Northern Forest Canoe Trail that stretches 740-miles from northernmost Maine west to Quebec and the Adirondacks.

The cool, deep waters of the lake are exceptionally clean. Moosehead draws pleasure boaters in warm-weather months and fishermen at all seasons, with landlocked salmon (stocked), native brook trout (squaretails), and lake trout (togue). Site-specific fishing information is available from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. Hunters come in search of black ducks, wood ducks, partridge, white-tailed deer, bear and moose (for which the region is famous). Birdwatchers find a remarkable variety of species in the area.Visitors may hear or see up to 20 species of warblers along with less common boreal birds. The cliffs of Mt. Kineo are home to peregrine falcons, and support a critical breeding site for this endangered species that has been active since 1987.

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