Find yourself wishing you could spend your summer at the lake? The dream of lakeside living can be realized, if only for a few days, with a visit to Lily Bay State Park, found in Maine’s beautiful Moosehead Lake region.
Camping at Lily Bay
Lily Bay State Park boasts numerous lakeside campsites, from which campers may launch their own canoe or kayak. Wooded sites away from the water have their own appeal: the dense Maine woods helps to keep neighborly noise to a minimum, providing a real northwoods escape from civilization. Reservations are recommended for this popular campground, although a few sites are held for walk-ins. In spite of its popularity, Lily Bay retains an ‘undiscovered’ vibe unusual for state parks. Campers here seem to ‘get it’, keeping noisy generators, unruly kids and yapping dogs in check. The campground is open May 15th through Columbus Day.
Inside the Park
A two-mile hiking trail along the lake is a great way to begin your exploration of the area. For hot summer days, a swimming beach is available, and two public boat ramps provide easy and protected access to Moosehead Lake with first-come, first-served docks. Opportunities for bird or deer watching abound, and the call of loons will lull you to sleep most nights. While you’re sleeping, no need to worry about bear attacks either – these large predators are uncommon in the Park, but moose outnumber humans in the area 3-to-1! Recreational opportunities continue once the snow falls, with snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling trails available.
Beyond the Park
Lily Bay is also a great launching point for other Moosehead Lake-area activities. The bustling town of Greenville, Maine, about 9 miles south of Lily Bay State Park, hosts a variety of shops and restaurants, when you’re ready to get out of the woods. Incredible hiking can be found on nearby Mount Kineo (an adventure in its own right), as well as on Big Moose and Little Moose Mountains just outside of Greenville. Registered Maine Guides are available to take you to the best spots for fishing and hunting excursions. For real thrills, take a ride over Moosehead Lake in a float plane, go whitewater rafting or book a ‘Moose Safari’ evening moose-watching trip – three once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Activities such as snowmobiling, skiing and ice fishing remain popular through the winter.