moose spotting

You can spot moose throughout most of Maine, but their population is most significant in more secluded areas, including much of Maine’s Lakes and Mountains.

The best times to spot them are at dusk and dawn from mid-May through July and again in the fall during their breeding season, called the rut. Fall is also when the impressive antlers of the bull moose are fully formed. They will shed their antlers in November or December, and new, more massive antlers will begin to grow in the spring.

Because of their massive size, moose find it easier to move about in open areas. They can often be spotted along logging roads, diving for dinner in wet, boggy areas, hanging out in gravel pits, and clip-clopping down ATV or snowmobile trails.

To improve your chances of seeing a moose, contact a Maine Guide specializing in moose-watching tours. You’ll enjoy this chance to safely and comfortably view these magnificent creatures as you learn about moose habits and habitat from a knowledgeable source. While rare, at the right time of year, tours in some areas have spotted as many as twenty moose in a single outing.

moose facts

Moose are the official state animal of Maine.

Maine has the second highest population (30,000) of moose in the U.S., next to Alaska.

Moose are the largest member of the deer family.

Male moose are called “bulls”. Female moose are called “cows”. Baby moose are called “calves”.

Only Bull Moose have antlers that can span up to 6 feet wide and weigh up to 90 lbs.

Moose live for an average of 25 years and can weigh up to 1500 lbs.

Moose, on average, is 7 feet tall at the shoulders and 8.5 feet long, and their front legs are longer than their back legs.

Moose are great athletes. They can swim up to 6 mph and run up to 35 mph.

Moose have bad eyesight.

The flap hanging under the moose’s throat is called a “Bell”.

Bull Moose grazing with full rack of antlers.
Springtime moose family
Up close with a young bull moose.
Juvenile moose out for a walk on a rural road.

where to spot a Moose

If you are willing to take your chances of spotting a moose the natural way—plus enjoy some incrediblystriking scenery, try one of these locations:

Route 16: Between Oquossoc and Wilson Mills

Route 16 East: Between Rangeley and Stratton

Route 16/27: Between Stratton and Carrabassett Valley

Route 27: Between Eustis and Chain of Pond

Want to be 99% guaranteed you will see a moose, and a bunch of other native wildlife species, head to the Maine Wildlife Park: Route 26, Gray.

Map of Where to spot a moose in Maine's Lakes and Mountains

Ways to Adventure

Plan Your Trip

Maine’s Lakes and Mountains offers a variety of resources to help you plan your next visit, including an annual visitor’s guide, stand alone map, and the new Adventure Guide App.

Visitor's Guide

Our Free Visitor's Guide will help inspire your next adventure along our mountain trails, lakes, scenic byways, bustling towns and more.

Map of the Region

Companion to the Visitor Guide, our dual-sided planning map will help you find your way to adventure in every season throughout the region.

Adventure Guide App

The App will point the way to all kinds of adventures, experiences and destinations in Maine’s Lakes and Mountains with GPS location maps and alerts.

Adventure Respectfully

Our lakes, mountains, and forests are worthy of respect. Whether you’re venturing out into our vast public or private lands or parks, here’s what you can do to conserve the area’s natural resources for all.

other resources

Take Care of the Land

Tread lightly and leave no trace. Keep this place as pristine as you found it.

Where ya headed?

Check if you’ll be on public or private land and if there are any restrictions or fees. Always research your destination ahead of time.

Stick to established trails & roads.

Whether hiking, biking, angling, or ATVing, always stay on a designated trail.


To protect the forest, only build fires in approved sites, don’t leave them unattended, and extinguish them thoroughly.

Avoid spreading invasive species.

Don’t transport firewood, brush your boots, and wash and dry your boat before heading to your next adventure.

Avoid peak hours

Plan around peak hours midday to avoid crowds. Have a Plan B in case the parking lot is already full.

No litterbugs allowed

If you pack it in, pack it out, including food waste like apple cores. Bring bags for pet waste.

When nature calls

If you have to go, pick a spot at least 100′ off the trail or away from a body of water, and bury your poop 6″ deep.

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