Almost everyone who visits Maine wants to spot a magnificent Maine moose. Here's how to increase your odds.
Time Required: Varies: Allow 1 - 2 hours
- Moose are most common in northern and western Maine forests. In the Portland area, ask locals for tips on places to spot moose.
- Drive to the recommended area.
- Drive along wooded roads in the recommended area, especially near ponds and boggy areas, where moose eat aquatic plants.
- Drive slowly, and watch for wading moose or moose along the side of the road. Patience pays off, so don't rush.
- If you don't spot moose, stop in a local store or shop and ask if anybody has reported a moose sighting that day, then get directions to the spot.
- Have your camera ready for your moose photo opportunity.
- If all else fails, you can see two bull moose with their full racks tangled in battle near the Maine Street entrance to the L.L. Bean flagship store in Freeport, Maine.
- The best time of day to spot moose is at dusk and dawn.
- The best time of year to spot moose is from mid-May through July.
- The best places to spot moose are along the road, where they lick salt from the surface, or near ponds.
- Maine's top moose spotting place is Baxter State Park near Mt. Katahdin.