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Little Moose Public Reserved Land,Moosehead Junction TWP,Maine

The Little Moose Management Unit covers more than 15,000 acres in Moosehead Junction and Big Moose townships.

Little Moose Public Reserved Land,Moosehead Junction TWP,Maine
FORDF250HDXLT, Sep 3, 2017
      A history that goes back thousands of years to the time of Paleo-Indian tribes and later the Red Paint People. Over the years, many artifacts have been found in the area. The quality of fishing and hunting, combined with the site of rhyolite-laden Kineo made this part of the northeastern United States special for native people. It became a great gathering place during the warmer months. Essentially the Moosehead Lake Region has been attracting tourists for ages.

      Henry Perley, better known as Chief Henry Red Eagle
      ~Photo courtesy Moosehead Historical Society

      The exhibit at the Center for Moosehead History contains fine examples of spear points, arrowheads, and other weapons and tools from the Paleo-Indian period to the 16th century when there was initial contact with Europeans. As late as the 1890s, local tribes camped on Kineo beaches to enjoy the fishing and socializing.

      Greenville has had its share of famous Indians as well, including Louis Annance, who settled with his family at the southern end of Moosehead Lake. According to Mable Rogers Holt, writing Maine Indians In History And Legends, and, specifically in her chapter titled Aborigines at Moosehead Lake, “Louis Annance was the type – the true type – of North American Indian – tall, straight, broad-shouldered, athletic in his general make-up, copper-colored, high cheek-boned, a fine figure to look upon. Louis was an educated man, having attended Dartmouth College for two years, the tuition being free, according to a treaty once made between the English government and his tribe, the St. Francis Abanakis.” Annance was chief of this tribe as well. “He was prevented from finishing his course (of study) by the War of 1812,” according to Holt. “He spoke pure English, was an easy speaker and could converse with any educated person on almost every subject. Although he lived in the wilderness, he kept well-informed (sic) on the events of the times. He became a member of the Congregational Church in Greenville and of the Free and Accepted Masons.” During a canoe trip with his sons, the then Governor of Maine, Dr. John Hubbard was delighted to spend a day with his former Dartmouth classmate reminiscing about old times.

      The Center for Moosehead History Celebrates the Earliest Residents

      The Red Paint People are a Pre-Columbian culture indigenous to the New England and Atlantic Canada regions of North America. They were named after their burials, which used large quantities of ochre, normally red, to cover both the bodies of the dead and grave goods. Sometimes they are known as the Moorehead Phase of the Laurentian Tradition or the Moorehead burial tradition after Warren K. Moorehead who brought them widely to the attention of scientists. They flourished between 3000 BCE and 1000 BCE. Alternatively, they can be called by the period in which they lived, either the "Maritime Archaic" (emphasizing a coastal and seafaring culture) or "Late Archaic" (emphasizing time and leaving open the possibility of living inland seasonally), although these terms often cover the longer period from 7000 BCE to 1000 CE. Multiple hypotheses exist as to which if any later peoples might be their descendants and there is little archaeological evidence to support any hypothesis.

      Their burial culture was more elaborate than any subsequent culture in the area. In the southern portion of their range, they were succeeded by the Susquehana culture which used pottery, and no evidence of their stoneworking techniques is found in that culture.

      Red Paint People - Wikipedia

      Moosehead Lake is the largest lake in the U.S. state of Maine and the largest mountain lake in the eastern United States. Situated in the Longfellow Mountains in the Maine Highlands Region, the lake is the source of the Kennebec River. Towns that border the lake include Greenville to the south and Rockwood to the northwest. There are over 80 islands in the lake, the largest being Sugar Island. The area has been the focal point of a controversy surrounding planned large scale commercial development, and the environmental practices of the developer.[1][2]

      Moosehead Lake - Wikipedia


      Located just west of Greenville in Piscataquis County, the Little Moose Management Unit covers more than 15,000 acres in Moosehead Junction and Big Moose townships. Although the forested land is flat to gently rolling in the southeastern quarter, the unit also includes most of the Little Moose Mountain Range with its steep slopes, rocky streams, and remote ponds, as well as most of Big Moose Mountain. Visitors enjoy hiking, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, and camping in this remote setting.

      • ATV riding
      • Birdwatching
      • Camping
      • Canoeing
      • Cross-country skiing
      • Fishing
      • Hiking (trails)
      • Hunting
      • Off-road biking
      • Snowmobiling
      • Snowshoeing
      • Watchable wildlife

        Eagle Rock Trail This 3.7 mile (one-way) trail leads to stunning vistas along the western flank of Big Moose Mountain and crosses Plum Creek land to dramatic Eagle Rock. Starting from the boundary of Maine Parks and Lands' Little Moose Public Lands, the trail passes through working forest and a forest reserve. This moderate to challenging trail includes a 780-foot elevation gain between the lowest and highest points.
      Little Moose Public Reserved Land - Maine.gov

      The Moosehead lake region is one of the more popular tourist destinations here in Maine.You'll see families coming up,primarily from other parts of New England but,from all over the US too,to enjoy the outdoors.This area here,much like say,Baxter State Park or Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument,provides visitors a fantastic overall view of what Maine is like away from the coast.I've been up this way a handful of times over the years.Like anywhere in Maine's heart,you have good odds of seeing bear and moose up this way.Of course you need to go check out the lake while here.I took this pic from Eagle Rock.Great hike.
      Though I don't have a pic which would represent it well enough,should you make it to the Moosehead Lake Region (primary heart of the region in Greenville,ME) and you are interested in hiking another well known,though difficult trail,I strongly recommend Gulf Hagas Trail too! It's known as the "Grand Canyon Of Maine".Lot's of waterfalls.Very cool!
      I still have so many hiking trails to explore up this way.I need to make it up here more often.Another beautiful part of vacationland.
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