Cars, Trucks & Ice Shacks “ON” Moosehead Lake

The Ice Fishing Derby started last night and will be continuing into tomorrow.  Moosehead Lake is so vast that the fishermen are spread out over the 44 miles of the  lake.  We took a ride earlier today to see some of the fishing going on.  There were many ice shacks on various coves which can only be reached by snowmobile or driving a vehicle on the lake.  The ice on the lake can get up to 3 feet thick, so it is a common sight to see cars & trucks on the lake.  There are Ice Races on The West Cove of the lake with various vehicles being used, which should be starting soon.

These pictures are in Rockwood with Mt. Kineo in the background.  On Mt. Kineo you can see a frozen waterfall.  In the summer and fall this is a popular hiking trail.

Ice shack & vehicles on Moosehead Lake

Mt. Kineo and Ice Shacks

“Ice Jams”

Ice jams are phenomena that usually do not occur until March.   Due to recent unseasonal heavy rains, there have been many rivers and streams that are experiencing these “ice jams” the last two days in Maine.

An ice jam can occur when the depth of the river or stream becomes shallow, impeding the flow of the ice downstream, causing the ice to pile up in that particular area.  Apparently, the ice jam can dissipate and move downstream just as quickly as it appeared.

Ice jams can damage bridges and cause quick, severe flooding in adjacent towns.

The photos below were taken today in northern Maine:

Ice Jam Kenduskeag Stream

"Ice Jam" Forming on Kenduskeag Stream

Piscataquis River with Ice Jam

Bald Eagles “Hangin’ Out” at the Ice Shack

Today we saw these two bald eagles close to an ice shack.  The one on the left is clearly a mature bald eagle and we think the one on the right is a younger one.

We have been having fun with some possible conversations between them (The one on the left is speaking):

“So…you keep a look-out, and I’ll find a way in.”

“Do ya think they got any bait in there?”

“I know that I’ve seen fish come out of there…”

"You be the look-out and I'll find a way in..."

"Do you think there's any bait in there?"

"I know I've seen fish coming out of there..."

Snowcapped Mountains

“Today was a sunny, beautiful day”…

the weatherman on Channel 5 actually said that about Greenville, Maine!

I have to agree!  I took these pictures today…

the Big & Little Moose Mountains look serene

with a cloud just hovering over them.

The Katahdin remains steadfast surrounded by the frozen lake and mounds of snow.

Katahdin in the Snow

The view from Indian Hill is breathtaking regardless of the season.

Frozen Moosehead Lake

Snowcapped Moose Mountain Range

View from the dining room today

Greenville Inn sits Regally above the town of Greenville & Moosehead Lake

Major Snowmobile Race on March 20

Professional Snowmobile Racing Coming to Maine

March 20, 2010

There will be United States Cross Country Snowmobile Racing Association race taking place on March 20 at Moosehead Lake.  The races will start at Bullwinkle Raceway and have a 12 mile loop that will go to Little Moose Unit and back. This will give spectators numerous opportunities to see the race during the 8-10 laps required to finish the race.  The race will have a $10,000 purse which includes numerous pro, amateur classes and special races for different age groups.  The area can expect over 100 racers with hundreds of spectators.  The race will be called the “Maine 100” for the pros and Maine “Amateur Cross Country Championship” for the amateurs.

Book rooms early since there will be a shortage!  Check Availability

Snowmobile Racing

Flying Moose

Had my camera in hand, battery charged, looking for moose to photograph…but alas…we saw many moose tracks…but no moose!

We did see some deer…but no moose today…you know they just knew I had my camera ready…set on “sports action”  and telephoto lens…they just knew…

So…the other day I had taken some pictures of the Moosehead Lake area’s

Flying Moose…you’ve heard of “when pigs fly”…well, from what I understand, it is a similar story but with a moose context.

So, at the very least, we have a moose photo for today!

The Flying Moose

In the winter, the moose will come out from the woods and eat the snow on the side of the road because it has salt from the roads being salted.  In the other seasons, they lick the salt right off the road.  We’ve been on the road and have had a moose kneeling down who refused to move.

In Greenville, Maine and the surrounding areas, moose outnumber humans 3 to 1!

We can hook you up with a guide or direct you to the best spots to find a moose.

The Flying Moose

Look at All Those Snowmobilers!

Driving around Greenville and Moosehead Lake, Maine, you’ll see  snowmobiles everywhere.   The snowmobilers are out in force and are taking advantage of the excellent trails.

We have been blessed with so much Snow
that all the winter sports

are being enjoyed to the max!

The East and West Coves of Moosehead Lake are each looking like parking lots

(for snowmobiles!)

Snowmobiles Parked on East Cove of Moosehead Lake

Snowmobiles Parked on West Cove of Moosehead Lake

Snowmobilers "Zipping-along" on Moosehead Lake

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Ice Fishing on Moosehead Lake

There were many snowmobilers and ice fisherman today on Moosehead LakeIce fishing is a very popular sport up here in northern Maine and there were many out there today.  These are some folks fishing with their ice shacks.

No… it isn’t the movie “Grumpier Old Men”…but it is pretty close!

Ice Fishing and Snowmobiling on Moosehead Lake, Maine

There is so much to do in Greenville, Maine…

Contact us and let us arrange Ice Fishing, Dog Sledding, Snow Shoeing, or Snowmobiling Packages

Greenville Inn on the Front Page of Newspaper

Get the latest edition of the Moosehead Messenger…you will see Terry’s photo of

“The Greenville Inn at Twilight During a Snowstorm” on the front page….

what an honor!

The Moosehead Messenger is a local newspaper located in Greenville, Maine.

Twilight Snowstorm Enhances the Magic of the Greenville Inn

So much going on at Moosehead Lake, Maine…keep current with all the latest & upcoming events, news on snowmobiling, ice fishing, dog sledding, moose sightings…with The Moosehead Messenger and Up North Magazine.

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This is really “our point of view”

Moose Mountain Range

Moose Mountain Range

Come see our “point of view”

This is really our view of the Little and Big Moose Mountains (previously named Big & Little Squaw Mountains).

Moosehead Lake is surrounded by some magnificent mountains:

  • Big Moose Mountain-(previously known as Big Squaw Mountain) At 3,196 feet, Big Moose Mountain dominates the view to the west from the Moosehead Lake area. The view from the top of the mountain is famous for viewing the Moosehead region and its many lakes and mountains.  This mountain was home to the first fire tower in the United States, built by M.G. Show in 1905.
  • Little Moose Mountain-The Little Moose Mountain Trail provides 9 miles of hiking along the ridgeline from one scenic overlook to the next. Hikers then descend into a forested bowl containing the Moose Ponds, an area that feels truly remote, but only 3 miles from town.

  • Elephant Mountain- looks like the profile of an elephant-it really does!  On January 24th, 1963, a B-52 Stratofortress-C crashed with 2 of its  9 crew surviving the -14 degree temperature.  Every year there is a Memorial Snowmobile Ride  to the wreckage on Elephant Mountain in honor of the brave men who served during the “Cold War”.
  • Little Spencer Mountain-Little Spencer Mountain climbs to 2,992 feet (911.96 meters) above sea level. Little Spencer Mountain is located at latitude – longitude coordinates (also called lat – long coordinates or GPS coordinates) of N 45.759208 and W -69.528389.
  • Big Spencer Mountain-(also called Number Four Mountain)this mountain has a 2,890 foot summit and has a fire tower, the fourth ever erected in Maine, which was active for nearly eighty-five years from 1906 until 1991.
  • Mount Kineo-this has  700-foot (210 m) cliffs rising straight up from the water, is a dramatic setting that has attracted visitors for centuries.

Contact us for ideas of how to enjoy Maine’s Mountains & Lakes