The largest lake in New England sits in the north of Maine. Greenville, a small town buzzing with snowmachines and sea planes, is the gateway to Moosehead Lake, a glacier-made basin that covers 117 square miles. The 40-mile-long, deep and chilly lake harbors landlocked salmon, trout, and togue. Ice shanties on the lake are evidence of man’s attempt to fish for the scaly creatures even in the deep chill of winter. The Moosehead Lake region is wild. Already some 1,000 feet above sea level, the flat-topped Mount Kineo rises 800 feet more from a peninsula on the lake. Bear, deer, and moose are common visitors to the area. No doubt these animals proved useful to the early settlers of the area, who over 10,000 years ago hunted, fished, and used flint for tools. The lake was a major hub back then, a port connecting the various river systems. Some 9 miles from Greenville are the 925 acres of Lily Bay State Park.
Located on the eastern shore of Moosehead Lake, the park maintains about 8 miles of trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Lily Bay State Park serves up trails that hug the lake’s meandering coastline. Trails also follow the park roads into camping areas, where skiers and snowshoers can gaze at the distant mountains while having lunch. Surface quality: Skier tracked, snowmobile packed.
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