Seboomook is located at the Northern end of Moosehead Lake, the largest lake in Maine. It is at the north west corner of the North West cove of the lake. The location is stupendous and well worth the drive of almost 30 miles on dirt roads from Rockwood. The views south down the lake to the Spencer Mountains are spectacular. The picture at right shows a typical view from a campsite and there are more pictures below.
Rick & Jeannine Sylvester
HC-85 - Box 560
Rockwood, ME 04478-9712
Campsites & RV Facilities
Most of the sites are open, sunny and grassy and have electric & water at the site. A lot of the waterfront sites have small lean-tos which you can either sleep in or put your tent or RV next to them & use the lean-to for cooking & storage. There is an RV dump station and pump out at your site is available at a very reasonable charge.
Recommended campsites for views, launching etc.
There are a large number of lakefront sites and they and the ones just behind them have spectacular views south down the lake to the Spencer Mountains. The top of Katahdin is sometimes visible off to the east. The best launching from your site is from lean-tos 40 thru 48 and campsites 37 thru 39 which all have water & electric. There is also room to use a tent and screen room or an RV in conjunction with the lean-tos.
T shirts, souvenirs, stuff you may have forgotten to bring, snacks and ice cream
Cabins and Lean-tos
There are several cabins available and also many small lean-tos right on the lake.
This is a great place for swimming. There are sandy beaches and shallow water at many of the campsites and also a common beach area.
Boat ramp / docking facilities.
There is a boat ramp and docks on sheltered Carry brook at one end of the campground
Rental canoes / kayaks
Rental canoes, kayaks and fishing boats are available.
Places to kayak & canoe
There are so many great places to kayak & canoe from Seboomook that we hardly know where to begin.
Short trips right around the campground
You can paddle up Carry Brook which runs along one side of the campground. Here you can often see moose and other wildlife in the wide marshy areas. An early morning or evening trip is best for wildlife viewing. Alternatively you can paddle east along the shore to a group of attractive rocky islands or beyond them into Mud Cove (more sandy than muddy) which is another great area for seeing moose.
Longer day trips on Moosehead Lake
At Seboomook Point (about 3 miles) there there is a beautiful wilderness campsite with great views to the south and a sheltered cove to the west behind Seboomook Island. There is a nice gravel beach to land and it's a great place for lunch. We have been there lots of times and have only once seen people camping. Moosehead Lake has many nice wilderness campsites, accessible by boat. They are run by the State of Maine on a first come first served basis and as far as we can see they don't get much use. About a mile beyond Seboomook Point is Bigney Cove which has lots of gorgeous rocky islands and a couple of miles further on is North East Carry from where they used to portage over to the Penobscot River (and they still do on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.)
Going down the west shore there are a number of nice bays with a few scattered camps and spectacular views of the Spencer Mountains.. At 4 miles you come to Williams Brook which is navigable for quite a way and is a good place for seeing wildlife. At about 8 miles Moose Brook comes out into a wide bay with three attractive rocky islands. At about 11 miles you round the Toe of the Boot with great views south to Mount Kineo.
Places you can drive to paddle for the day
Twelve mile long Seboomook Lake is one of our favorite places, there are very few signs of human habitation and we always see more moose than people in a day of paddling there. You can launch at one of the state campsites near the dam at the east end or at the state boat launch on the Penobscot River a short distance upstream from the west end. The east end is nice but the west end is wonderful with lots of islands and marshy coves to explore. We recommend it earlier in the season when the water is higher and more places are accessible but it is a great place to paddle at all times.
Take lots of bug stuff - the launching area usually has lots of mosquitoes. Once you're out on the water it's not usually a problem.
The boat launch is on Lobster stream near it's junction with the Penobscot River. It is often busy with groups launching for the trip down the West Branch of the Penobscot into Chesuncook Lake. The paddle up Lobster stream to the lake is about 1.5 miles but the current is barely discernable. Last time we were there we saw two beavers a short distance form the launch. The stream brings you into a circular area of the lake about a mile across. Two long arms, the little Claw and the Big Claw extend south from the south east corner. We like to cross to Ogden Point and go down the Little Claw. At the top of the Little Claw there are beautiful rocky cliffs and islands and a spectacular view of Big Spencer Mountain. At the South east corner of the Little Claw a narrow channel takes you through into a lovely sheltered pond and on into the Big Claw. There are more great views of Big Spencer as you paddle to the south end of the Big Claw where there is a beautiful sandy beach shaded by rare Jack Pines with tiny short needles and an extensive marshy area behind it.
Canada Falls Lake
Like Seboomook Lake, Canada Falls was created by a dam on the Penobscot River. The launch is at the dam where there are a number of nice camp sites run by the state. The lake is made up of several long narrow arms so you can usually find a sheltered place to paddle on windy days. From the launch a long narrow arm leads to the main lake. We have yet to explore the two southern arms but the western arm is very pleasant with pretty views to three jagged peaks off to the west and only one little old cabin interrupting the wilderness feel.
Most of the campgrounds here are on large lakes in the mountains which mean the weather can change very quickly. We suggest you check the weather forecast before going out. We also suggest you watch the weather carefully for changes as forecasts have been known to change quickly in these lake and mountain areas. Thunder storms and winds often come up during the day. It is helpful if you watch for areas you could land and get off the lake if needed.
It is a good idea to always carry emergency equipment in case you had to spend the night out or wait out a storm. We have had to land and wait out a thunder storm several times. Once the storm was around the area a couple of hours so we set up our emergency shelter and enjoyed the lunch we had brought.
Most of the campgrounds have great views and good paddling while staying close or in protected areas & brooks where you probably will see moose and other wildlife including eagles in some areas. Please paddle within your skill ability and experience. We can suggest these areas for you to enjoy but cannot be responsible for your safety.