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LILY BAY STATE PARK
LOCATION - The park is 8 miles north of Greenville on the east shore of 40-mile-long Moosehead Lake.
FEATURES - Moosehead Lake is the largest lake completely contained within one state. Much of Moosehead Lake's 400 miles of shoreline are inaccessible except by boat, canoe, or floatplane. Greenville is the largest seaplane base on the East Coast.
Moosehead is listed among the best freshwater fishing areas in the U.S. and has trout and landlocked salmon. Many moose inhabit the area, and it's not uncommon to see as many as 30 of these magnificent animals in a single day.
ACTIVITIES - Lily Bay State Park offers boating, swimming, picnicking, and bicycling. Camp in one of 89 campsites or rent a houseboat in Rockwood. For information, call 207-534-7711. Enjoy fishing in Lily Bay Lake or in the Moose River for spring salmon. Kennebec and Moose rivers are considered two great brook trout and salmon fishing spots in mid-summer.
Watch for moose along the shoreline. Moosehead Lake's Chamber of Commerce in Greenville has an annual "Moosemania" from mid-May through mid-June when visitors attend informative forums, moose safaris, and cruises. Be sure to check the chamber office's map for the latest moose sightings. For information, call 207-695-2702.
Canoeists come to Moosehead Lake and to the Allagash, St. John, Moose, Penobscot, and Kennebec rivers. The famous 46-mile "Bow Trip" on the Moose River is a favorite wilderness canoe trip. Go Whitewater rafting on the Penobscot and Kennebec rivers. Whitewater expeditions leave from town May 15-October 15. For information, call 207-534-7709 or 1-800-346-4666.
Enjoy hiking in the mountains and along cross-country ski trails. Climb Mount Kineo and its fire tower where Indians once collected flint for their arrows. Climb Little Squaw Mountain beginning from the Greenwood Motel on Maine 15. Ride the chair lift up Squaw Mountain.
Golfers can play a nine-hole course at Squaw Mountain Village. For a tee-off time, call 207-695-3609.
Take a flying tour with bush pilots on their routine fire patrols or over the Allagash Wilderness and Mount Katahdin. The International Seaplane Fly-In on Moosehead Lake features the largest gathering of seaplanes in the Northeast. It's on the weekend after Labor Day. Call 207-695-2778 for information.
Photographers, hunters, and anglers can hire guides in Rockwood. For information, call 207-534-7709 or 1-800-346-4666. Walk through the Moosehead Marine Museum. Take a sightseeing tour on Moosehead Lake on the SS Katahdin, a restored steam vessel. For information, call 207-695-2716.
During the winter, go ice fishing for trout and salmon. Several ice fishing derbies occur in Greenville and Rockwood. March brings their annual Sled Dog Races. Go downhill and cross-country skiing on 25 miles of maintained trails at Squaw Mountain. Cross-country skiing is also available at the Birches Cross-Country Ski Center or at Moosehead Nordic Ski Center. Snowmobiles have access to 200 miles of groomed trails in the Jackman region, plus connecting trails into Canada or other parts of Maine.
Incoming pilots can land at Greenville Municipal Airport 2 miles east of town. No rental cars are available.
Lily Bay State Park
Greenville, Maine 04441
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