Moosehead Lake Public Reserved Land
If a Maine boating and camping experience is your idea of a great family vacation, put Moosehead Lake Public Reserved Land on your destination list! Boat-access campsites dot the shore of Moosehead Lake, and visitors revel in swimming, fishing, and canoeing throughout the warm summer and autumn days. Moosehead Lake is actually part of the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail that winds through portions of the Northeast and Canada. The public land itself includes two islands—Sugar and Farm—and most of the shore in the townships of Days Academy and Kineo.
Moosehead Lake Public Reserved Land is more than a fun year-round getaway—it is home to the legendary Mount Kineo. When you first see the massive cliffs of siliceous slate rising straight from the waters of Moosehead Lake, you can imagine why this natural wonder drew Native Americans from around New England, and far beyond. They came for the slate, a peculiar form of flint used for arrowheads and tools, and they departed with stories about the mysterious monolith. The tale of Chief Kineo was one such story—a cruel leader supposedly expelled from his tribe and left in isolation atop the mountain that now bears his name. Bridle and Indian Trails lead hikers to its summit, elevation 1,806, where the silent mountain will reward you with breathtaking views of the surrounding wilderness.