Moosehead Lake, located in central Maine, is the largest lake in the state as well as the largest mountain lake in the eastern United States. This 75,451-acre body of water is home to over 80 islands and it is also the source of the Kennebec River along its southeastern edge where its headwaters flow out into Indian Pond.
Along its northwestern shore lies the quiet little community of Seboomook. An idyllic, lakeside town, Seboomook is precisely the kind of place one looks for to take that well-deserved break from the rat race and to get away from it all. This is the kind of spot where writers go to finish their novels and artists put brushes to canvas while loons call to one another across the mist-draped waters.
Seboomook (meaning "at the large stream" in Abenaki) is an "unorganized territory" located on the uppermost northwestern end of Moosehead Lake that boasts a resident population of less than 50, however this number swells a bit during the warmer months when visitors occupy the local campsites and enjoy themselves out on the lake.
Roughly 33 miles from the larger lake-side town of Rockwood and 130 miles from Bangor, Seboomook is truly an out-of-the-way, wooded oasis.
When your home is surrounded by gorgeous pine forests or your vacation rental backs right up to the shore of a pristine mountain lake, it's easy to fill your days with adventures in the great outdoors whether it be hiking or biking on the trails, or kayaking out on the water.
Grab your camera and take a quiet canoe trip up Carry Brook where you might spot moose, deer, bald eagles, otters, and beavers. Or head out on the lake for a day of fishing for salmon, togue, and brook trout to cook back in your vacation rental.
One fascinating item of local history can be found at the Seboomook Wilderness Campground right on Seboomook Road along the water's edge. Back in 1944, towards the end of World War II, about 250 German prisoners of war were brought to the area (then called Seboomook Farm) to work in the forests cutting and hauling wood for the now-defunct Great Northern Paper Company. While there is little physical evidence left at the site, the original facility once included multiple buildings, high fences, and even guard towers!
Those interested in learning more might wish to consider a 60-mile road trip over to Jackman where the overgrown remnants of another POW camp can be found in the forest marked with a stone monument erected back in 2007. And after a day of fun and excitement, what better way to wrap things up than out under the stars with s'mores prepared over a roaring campfire?
Take a 40-mile drive around the eastern side of the lake and visit Mt. Kineo State Park. This park, accessible by water, is crisscrossed with numerous trails of varying difficulty offering incredible, panoramic views of the lake and Mt. Kineo itself with its dramatic and sheer cliffs rising straight up from the water. If you're lucky, you might just catch a glimpse of some of the peregrine falcons that nest there.
Located at the lower end of Moosehead Lake, is the small town of Greenville, where you can grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants, do a little antiquing, shop in some of the unique stores, or sunbathe, swim, and enjoy a lakeside picnic on one of three public beaches. During the winter months, pack up your skis and head over to the Big Squaw Mountain Resort, just minutes from downtown Greenville.
Lastly, Seboomook is just 50 miles from the Canadian border (accessible via Highway 201) if you wish to take a trip into the beautiful province of Quebec.
If your next getaway calls for thick evergreen forests and sparkling mountain lakes, consider staying in one of our vacation rentals in Seboomook, ME.
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