Region History

The Moosehead Region is a special place and a “must visit” destination. We’re located just three hours north of Portland, Maine and one and a half to two hours from Bangor, Maine.

We love our “neck of the woods”, and ask that everyone does their part to protect it while they are here. Whether you head out into the woods hiking or the lake kayaking, please leave no trace. Our wildlife, landowners, and community thank you!

Our Communities


Greenville is a town in Pisataquis County, Maine. The town is centered on the lower end of Moosehead Lake, the largest body of fresh water in the state. Greenville is the historic gateway to the north country and a center for outdoor recreation in the area.


Shirley is located just south of Greenville, Maine. Shirley Mills grew up around early 19th century clapboard and sawmills, using water from the Piscataquis River. Along the east side of the pond, the B&A Railroad NorthRoad runs north along the river. It was created from the old rail bed.


Rockwood is a village in Somerset County, Maine. The village is centered on the west side of Moosehead Lake. Rockwood is a gateway to the north country and is located near Mount Kineo.

Beaver Cove

Beaver Cove is a town in Piscataquis County, Maine. It spans an area from Moosehead Lake to the Pleasant River and from Beaver Creek to Mud Cove. Long before there were roads to access the area, hardy residents would tow their small camps across Moosehead Lake from Burnt Jacket Mountain and Bolton Cove in the wintertime onto the Beaver Cove shoreline.

Lily Bay

Lily Bay State Park on Moosehead Lake offers waterfront camping at the gateway to Maine’s North Woods, a destination renowned for its outdoor recreation opportunities. The outdoor area offers opportunities from hiking and canoeing to fishing and wildlife watching. Established in 1961, Lily Bay State Park was created primarily from woodland donated to the State by Scott Paper Company.


The Town of Kokadjo is a great jumping off point for many of Maine’s best outdoor activities, such as fishing, hunting, Moose watching, ATVing, and more. Catch a Brook Trout, a Landlocked Salmon, Lake Trout, Splake, or a White Fish in the Little Roach Pond.



Mount Kineo has the largest known deposit of rhyolite in North America, which made it the premier destination for early natives who used rock to make arrowheads and tools. This geological formation was also a destination for Henry David Thoreau and Teddy Roosevelt.

Atlas Plywood

In the spring of 1940 William R. Marsh (1918-2009) was fresh from Bliss Business School in Lewiston, made a remarkable trip from Greenville across Canada to, what became in many ways, a sister village on the shore of Lake Superior, establishing a connection persisting to this day. The motivation for this trip centered on the ongoing success of the Atlas Plywood mill in Greenville.

Greenville High School

Greenville Middle/High School is a public secondary school in Greenville, Piscataquis County, Maine. Grades 9-12 have 89 students and plays Class D athletics. In June 2010, it was named one of the top 1,000 high schools in the United States and one of four on the list from Maine.


Maine, knows as “The Pine Tree State” has a long and rich history of logging. Before gaining it’s statehood in 1820, Maine was part of the Massachusetts territory and was involved in the lumber trade with England. Settlers to the region also used wood to build homes and other building in their settlements. Logging is still a thriving industry in this beautiful state today, particularly in the northern regions.

Native Americans

The original inhabitants of the area this is now Maine include:

  • The Maliseet tribe
  • The Passamaquoddy tribe
  • The Abenaki tribe
  • The Penobscot tribe

Today there are five federally recognized tribes in Maine:

  • The Aroostook Band of Micmacs
  • The Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians
  • Passamaquoddy Tribe of Indian Township
  • Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point
  • Penobscot Nation