Though summer is the ultimate tourism season in Piscataquis County, drones of visitors move through the area during the short autumn season to take in the bountiful and beautiful colors that cover our mountains, hills and valleys. Then, before we know it, the region is covered in snow, and our visitors’ center requests transition from ATV maps to snowmobile maps.
Piscataquis County, with its many lakes and ponds, is a popular destination for ice fishing enthusiasts. The area plays host to many ice fishing derbies including the famous Schoodic Ice Fishing Derby in Milo in mid-February.
Cross Country Skiing & Snow-shoeing
Lessons and guided tours by moonlight or during daylight hours are available in Monson. Many local residents allow skiers to use their privately-owned trails throughout the region. Privately held lands open for public use are common throughout Piscataquis County.
Big Squaw Mountain Ski Resort
Located in the north Maine woods, overlooking the shores of Moosehead Lake, Big Squaw offers wonderful views, alpine trails and trails for Nordic skiing and fat biking. Squaw Mountain opened as a ski resort in 1963, and has been enjoyed for generations since, with incredible views and some of the most affordable lift and rental fees in the state. Private and group lessons available. Visit skibigsquaw.com for more info. 447 Ski Resort Road, Greenville Junction.
Piscataquis County offers snowmobilers a rare opportunity to take their families on a quiet ride through the Maine woods over miles of well-groomed and largely undiscovered trails. The region’s snowmobile trails are maintained by over 15 local snowmobile clubs. Many have heated clubhouses complete with hot food and coffee to warm riders who are ready to take a break from the trails before heading back home.