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Moosehead Lake Region

Lying at the headwaters of several clear-running rivers, Moosehead Lake remains very much as it was when naturalist writer Henry David Thoreau and other visitors “discovered” it in the 19th century. (Actually, this land has a rich archaeological history, having been occupied by Native Americas for over 10,000 years.)

Nestled at the foot of tree-covered mountain ranges, Moosehead Lake is New England’s largest lake, and the second-largest lake east of the Mississippi located in one state. In case you’re curious, Florida’s Lake Okeechobee is the largest, but few lakes anywhere rival the breathtaking beauty of Moosehead Lake.

Covering 117 square miles, the cool, crystalline waters of Moosehead Lake fill a glacier-scoured basin that supports an astounding diversity of wildlife habitats. The shimmering blue surface stretches as far as the eye can see in many places, and the lake is studded with more than 80 islands. Some mountains, such as the famous Mt. Kineo, rise straight up from the water, creating unforgettable scenery.


Settled in 1820, and named after the surrounding green forests, Greenville is the historic gateway to Moosehead Lake and Main’s Northwoods.

Only 5 miles from Burnt Jacket at Moosehead Lake, Greenville is today home to about 2,500 year-round residents. As the thriving hub of an area that is renowned for fishing, hunting and nature-based tourism, Greenville offers a wide range of shops, restaurants and essential services such as a hospital and police department, as well as a host of guide and outfitter services.

Greenville hosts many festive events throughout the year, including the springtime Moosemania Festival, a summer concert series, , annual 4th of July festival and the famous seaplane fly-in.

Fantastic Fishing

Moosehead Lake is an ideal setting for the avid fisherman.  Moosehead Lake is home to a world-class salmonid fishery.  Three notable species can be caught from these waters; brook trout, landlock salmon and togue (lake trout).

Trolling is by far the most popular method for catching fish on Moosehead Lake.  Streamers, spoons, plugs and sewn smelts are the preferred bait.  Soon after ice-out these species can be found near the top.  Regular line and a few colors of lead line are commonly used.  As summer progresses and the water warms, the fish move deeper.  Down-riggers and several colors of lead line must be used to reach the fish.

Fishing from a drifting or anchored boat with live bait and jigs can be rewarding particularly for togue.  Fly-fishing in protected coves, especially in the late afternoon/early evening, can elicit a strike from a cruising salmon or square-tail.

Two to three pound salmon are not uncommon with some tipping the scales in excess of five pounds.  Brook trout up to 5 lbs are regularly caught especially early during the ice-fishing season in shallow water near the shores.  Togue in the 2-3 pound class are common with an occasional 10+ pounder.  This past February one lucky ice fisherman caught a togue that was just shy of 30 lbs.

The fishing regulations are comprehensive and folks who plan to ply the waters of Moosehead Lake should consult the fishing rule book put out by Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.

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For more info about the Moosehead Lake Region, visit some of these area websites:

Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce

Town of Greenville, Maine

Maine Snowmobile Association

Maine Office of Tourism

Maine Fish and Wildlife