Set against the backdrop of mountains, Moosehead Lake is the largest lake in Maine and the largest mountain lake in the eastern part of America. When you want to get away from it all and spend time with your family, a lake vacation in this area offers you the perfect getaway. In addition to all the glorious water sports and activities, you have the chance to hike and enjoy nature in the surrounding mountains. Vacation rentals around Moosehead Lake include cabins and homes on the waterfront while more modest single family homes offer isolation along the edge of the mountains. Here’s a look at the top 11 Moosehead Lake hot spots for rentals.

1. Moosehead

In the town named after the lake, you’ll find a variety of vacation rentals along the lake and one of its tributaries. While away the days, fishing, boating, and spending time with your kids. In the winter months, bring cross country skis or snowshoes to get out and explore the trails around the lake. If you bring your bikes, ride around the back roads taking in the beautiful scenery.

2. Rockwood

Travel a few minutes north along the shoreline of the lake to find the lake community of Rockwood. Enjoy the chance to escape the stress of your day in this low-key area. Bring your own kayaks or rent them from a local outfitter to explore the lake and miles of shoreline. You and your family can have a blast in the winter months when you rent snowmobiles from Moosehead Sled Repair and Rental.

3. Ogontz

Settle into a vacation rental along the shores in a community known as Ogontz and the North Bay area of the lake. Bring all of your best fishing rods and tackles to teach your kids how to fish and enjoy fresh fish for dinner each night. In the winter months, you should definitely try your hand at ice fishing. Then, grab your hiking boots and go for an afternoon of exploration along the banks of the lake.

4. Seboomook

At the northern tip of the lake, you and your family can enjoy the isolation of a rustic cabin on the lake or tuck away among a grove of trees in Seboomook. After a couple of days exploring Moosehead Lake by kayak or canoes, load them up in the car and drive the few minutes to Seboomook Lake for a new perspective and possible fishing holes.

5. North East Cary

North East Cary offers a myriad of vacation rentals along the lake and more modest rentals a couple of blocks away to save money. If you and your family come in the fall, you’ll find the trees alive in a riot of reds, golds, and browns. It’s a great time of year for hiking and biking around the local area. Hop in the car and drive out to Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area to explore its numerous trails.

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6. Sugar Island

Head down the southeastern edge of Moosehead Lake to reach the Sugar Island area and find an oasis for your lake vacation. Accessible only by boat, you’ll find a few vacation rentals on the island, where you and your family can while away the days exploring this 4-mile long island on foot or use kayaks to navigate the water surrounding the island. Plan to bring everything you need with you and choose a place along the water with a dock for your boat.

7. Beaver Cove

Hideaway from your daily life and cares when you settle into a cottage in Beaver Cove. Stop by Higgins Guide Service to find out more about the local area and schedule a day of hiking or boating with a local guide who can find the best fishing holes and point out the different types of birds and wildlife around the lake and mountainous area.

8. The Highlands

You’ll find more people on the lake when you choose a place in The Highlands community of Moosehead Lake. There are plenty of vacation rentals lining the streets in this area. Rent bikes or bring them from home and ride around the area. Hop in the car and drive a few minutes north for a day at Lily Bay State Park. In the winter months, the park offers snowmobile, snowshoe and groomed cross-country ski trails for you to get out and enjoy.

9. Greenville

Greenville is the largest town along the lake and offers plenty of activities. Learn more about the history of the lake at the Moosehead Marine Museum and take a cruise on the lake on the ferry boat that you can catch from here. Enjoy a little culture at the Greenville County Museum of Art with its respectable but small collection of pieces. In the mornings, grab a cup of coffee and quick breakfast at Flatlanders, and then finish the day with dinner at Kelly’s Landing.

10. Morkill

Move away from the lake and find a quiet place in the Morkill area that sits halfway between Moosehead Lake and Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary. At the Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary, you can enjoy one of the short hiking trails and check out the historic lodges. You’ll be amazed by the panoramic views and limestone crags.

11. Braussa

West of Moosehead Lake sits the community of Braussa that offers access to its own lake, Little Brassua Lake. With two lakes within easy driving distance, you can fish, kayak, canoe and swim from sunrise to sundown. In the winter months, try your hand at ice fishing or bring cross-country skis to explore the wooded areas.

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