Millinocket, ME

Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
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Big Moose Inn, Cabins, and Campground

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Saturday, September 10th

We did wake up early today as planned. We headed west/inland today toward Baxter State Park.  We drove through Millinocket, and checked it out a little to scope out possible places to watch the Steelers tomorrow.  Basically the town was pretty small and not much there, so we continued right to the Park.  On our way to the Park, we saw a few signs about the "rules" at the park.  Mainly if your vehicle is taller than 9' or wider than 7’ then you can’t enter.  Also, no pets are allowed.  We continued into the park and headed to the visitor information center to see if there was somewhere we could park and still hike or bike around the park.  The Pittsburgh native Ranger was pretty nice in helping us. He mentioned a lot right before the gate house up the road we could park in and hike from.  Also, being a Pittsburgh native I was hoping he had a suggestion for a place to watch the game, but he had no clue on that one.  So we planned on driving to the lot, eating lunch, and then go Moose sighting.  But that didn’t happen. We drove up to the gate, and the park ranger at the gate, said yes we could have parked there, except we have a dog and technically that lot is on the State Park property, so we couldn’t park there.  Even though we told them we wouldn’t let Nash out of the vehicle, she said we couldn’t.  So we said Screw you Baxter State Park and left.  The friendly ranger also showed us some ponds that weren’t in the park we could check out for moose, so we drove to them to check out if there were any moose out in the middle of the day.  We checked those ponds out with no Moose success.  So we decided to go check in to a campground and have some lunch. We passed one campground on our way out there called Big Moose Inn, Cabins, and Campground.  Great name for Moose hunters like ourselves so we headed back there.  It was a nice campground, right on Lake Millinocket.  The campground was definitely planned out more for Tent camping, but they put us in 1 of their 5 RV spots, which is a stretch to call it that. It was tight to get into and didn’t have water hookup, but it did have a great view of the lake and did have electricity.  After eating some lunch we noticed in a brochure they rented canoes, so we packed up a backpack and got some warm clothes on and got a canoe. 

We spent a couple hours out on the lake riding around a bunch of small islands that were apparently private, as they had little cabins on them and signs stating “private property.”  We were hoping to catch a Moose stuck on an island or maybe on the lake edge.  But again with no luck.  So we called it a day and headed back to the Inn to pay for the rental and to stop by the bar, the Loose Moose.  The Penn State football game was on so we sat down to have a couple local brews and watch the game.  We met some other Steelers fans there, who were staying at the Inn, but they didn’t know of any place to watch the game either, and the Loose Moose didn’t open till 4 on Sundays.  Surprisingly the bar got packed and there was some live music, so it ended up being a good time.  We ended up ordering some bar food and eventually calling it a night. We went back to the RV walked to the lake edge to make sure no moose were out.  Again no luck, so we went inside and watched a movie as we both fell asleep.
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