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Open all year; 9:00 a.m. to sunset daily unless otherwise posted at the gate. Fee Charged.

Mount Kineo (elevation 1,789 feet) dominates Moosehead Lake. The cliff face rises dramatically 700 feet above the lake surface and provides critical habitat for rare plants and peregrine falcons. There is no road access to Mt. Kineo. Visitors can reach the park by boat from the public access site in Rockwood. Commercial shuttle service is available during the summer months.

If you are interested in learning about geology around the state, check out the Maine Geological Survey Searchable Database.

Land for Maine's Future This property was acquired in part with funds from the Land for Maine's Future program. For more information about the LMF program and the places it has helped to protect, please visit the LMF webpage.

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  • Birdwatching
  • Boating (motorized)
  • Fishing
  • Hiking (trails)

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Consider lending a hand. Contact us if you would like to help with stewardship or maintenance work.

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If traveling to Mt. Kineo via the boat shuttle in Rockwood, confirm departure times before hiking and gauge plans accordingly. On all trails, wear sturdy footwear, carry water and extra layers, and take care near cliffs - particularly in damp and slippery conditions.

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Services and Facilities

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Special Considerations

Moosehead Lake water is cold and winds can arise suddenly and create dangerous conditions for boats. Children 10 years of age and under must, by law, wear a Type I, II, or III PFD while on board all watercraft. All boaters should wear a PFD at all times in small boats; notify someone of your intended route and time of return; and monitor conditions carefully (particularly when crossing open waters, including the crossing to Mount Kineo).

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) Warden Service does search-and-rescue operations and enforces state fish and game laws, boating laws (on inland waters), and ATV and snowmobile laws. To learn more about applicable laws and to purchase appropriate licenses, visit

Buy only local firewood: Burn It Where You Buy It and thoroughly clean boats and motors to avoid importing invasive plant and animal species.

Don't count on your cell phone in an emergency as coverage may be spotty to non-existent.

The region's abundant moose, bear and other large animals can create hazards when in close contact with people (or their vehicles). Drive slowly on area roads (particularly at times of low light) and observe wildlife from a safe distance. Keep food items securely stowed when camping and make sure that tents and their contents are free of food and food odors.

Take care traveling along area logging roads, pulling over and stopping for trucks regardless of which direction they're headed. Avoid roads that are too narrow for two vehicles, do not block side roads and never stop in a spot with poor visibility. Roads can be dusty in dry weather and washed out in wet weather. Gravel roads are hard on tires (and suspension systems): travel slowly and carry a spare tire.

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Piscataquis County, Maine

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c/o Northern Region Office, Maine State Parks
106 Hogan Road, Suite 7
Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 941-4014

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Public lands on Mt. Kineo, Farm Island and Sugar Island are accessible by water only, with nearest public boat launch sites at Rockwood and at Lily Bay State Park. A commercial boat shuttle to Mount Kineo leaves routinely from Rockwood in summer months. For attractions on the western shore of Moosehead, take Routes 15/6 through Greenville (also known as the Rockwood Road). Rockwood is 15 miles northwest of Greenville. For attractions along the lake's eastern shore, take the Lily Bay Road that runs north out of Greenville (Lily Bay State Park lies about 8 miles north of Greenville off of State Park Road and Kokadjo lies another 10 miles farther). To reach Day's Academy Grant lands, travel one mile beyond the Roach River crossing in Kokadjo, and turn left onto Spencer Bay Road. There are drive to campsites along Spencer Bay as well as gravel boat launches and water-access only sites. Cowan Cove and the Kelly Wharf site can be reached by vehicle and are on or near the Day's Academy Public Lands east of Mount Kineo.

Nearby Attractions

Maine Highlands Region
Mount Kineo lies within the Maine Highlands Region that encompasses Baxter State Park and other notable North Woods attractions in Piscataquis and Somerset Counties. Nearby destinations include:

Moosehead Lake Public Land
Moosehead Lake, New England's largest freshwater body, lies at the gateway to the North Maine Woods and offers camping, fishing, hunting, paddling, hiking, paddling, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing opportunities. The sheer face of Mount Kineo, with 700-foot cliffs, forms the centerpiece of a spectacular landscape long cherished for its natural beauty and plentiful resources.

Lily Bay State Park
offers 91 wooded and lakeside campsites and two boat launches along 925 acres bordering Moosehead Lake nine miles north of Greenville.