Although moose live almost everywhere in Maine, five particular regions represent prime moose-encounter country:
• The Rangeley Lakes. A moose could appear anywhere in this region. Take the Dallas Hill Road to Saddleback Ski Area, Route 16 toward Stratton, or the South Shore Road to Rangeley Lake State Park, or venture onto the local woods roads.
• The Carrabassett Valley. Folks bound for Carrabassett (canoeing and kayaking), Stratton (fishing on the Dead River and Flagstaff Lake), and Sugarloaf USA (great golfing) should watch for moose any time of day. Big bulls occasionally wander the Sugarloaf roads; be extremely careful when driving on Route 27 after dark.
• Moosehead Lake. Sometime during the day, a moose will likely appear at the moose wallow that lies between Route 15 and the Maine Department of Transportation maintenance facility in Shirley, 6 miles south of downtown Greenville. If vehicles are parked on the west side of the highway, pull over to see what the excitement’s all about.
To see moose elsewhere in the Moosehead Lake region, either drive along the local roads — do get a detailed road map at the Route 15 visitors’ center — or join an official moose safari.
• The Golden Road and Baxter State Park. While cruising along the Golden Road toward Abol Bridge, watch for moose at Compass Road (east) and River Pond (west) about 5 miles beyond the narrows between Ambajejus and Millinocket Lakes.
Popular moose-watching sites in Baxter State Park include Elbow Pond and Tracy Pond (accessed by the same trail) and Sandy Stream Pond.
Local outfitters offer moose safaris by boat or vehicle.
• Aroostook County’s Route 11 corridor. From Patten north to Fort Kent, forest-management practices have created an ideal environment for moose. Ask the local residents at stores and restaurants where the best moose haunts are located.