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Big Moose Inn Cabins and Campground is located northwest of Millinocket, Maine, right in between the two large lakes, which are Millinocket Lake and Ambejejus Lake. Millinocket Lake tends to be the kind of spot that allows for many different kinds of water activities. The beaches that surround the lake also make it an ideal place for guests to swim and have picnics. Big Moose Inn Cabins and Campground is known as being the closest full accommodating inn, cabins, and campsites to the Baxter State Park. The property owns a restaurant called Fredericka's Restaurant.
Big Moose Inn Cabins and Campground has a total of 58 sites available to the public. Six of them are RV sites, 17 are cabins, and the rest, 35, are tent sites. There is a store located on their property that sells a number of items that tend to intrigue their guests. Several of these items include hats, t-shirts, mugs, and other merchandise.
The property has two restaurants, which give guests multiple options of different food they may like to eat for their meal. One restaurant, called Fredericka's Restaurant, is open Wednesday through Saturday from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Through July and August, Fredricka's Restaurant will also open up on Sundays. The chef does his best to create an authentic menu that caters to the many different pallets that guests have. The other restaurant that is located on the property is called Loose Moose Bar and Grille. Loose Moose Bar and Grille is open seven nights a week and features a number of select wines and Maine microbrews.
Outside of the property line, guests can find a wide variety of outdoor activities, both on land and on water. Due to the location of the cabins and campground being near the shores of Millinocket Lake, guests can take kayaks, paddleboats, and canoes out on the water, and if they don't have any of their own, Big Moose Inn Cabins and Campground has several of each that are available for them to rent. Fishing and fly fishing are popular activities to do in the lakes and the nearby streams, brooks, and rivers. For those who want to take part in drier activities, there are a number of hiking trails in the area, such as the trails at River Pond, which are said to be more commonplace to see moose, and Blueberry Ledges.
The owner of Big Moose Inn Cabins and Campground says that their goal for the establishment is to create an atmosphere of relaxation. The location of the property is away from the city and is meant to be a place for guests to get away from the larger cities and towns. The surroundings are primarily lakes, forests, and mountains, which tends to help in creating a getaway-feeling from the big cities and busier lives. The typical demographic of people that spend time at Big Moose Inn Cabins and Campground are usually families and older folk looking for a quieter place to relax and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. The staff hopes that when guests come and stay, they will enjoy being in the outdoors and stepping away from their lives for a little while.
In order to help create an environment that can cater to as many people as possible, there are several policies that the inn asks guests to uphold. There is no smoking allowed in the cabins or the inn to help the air stay clean and clear. Quiet hours are enforced to make it easier for guests to have good rest, which goes from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. One perk of the campground is that the location of the cabins and campground is the closest full accommodations to the Baxter State Park. Several other outdoor activities that can be done in the vicinity include moose watching, whitewater rafting, canoeing, guided tours, scenic plane rides, and more.
Previous visitors have left a number of reviews, with one commenter saying, "Last bit of civilization place on the way to Baxter State Park. The bar and grill was great and the staff had a down home family attitude with fantastic service given. The bar and restaurant menus were filled with foods both fancy and with lots of traditional bar fare. The master suite was comfortable with a quirky antique style. The campground looked neat, clean and tidy and the cabins looked quaint."
Big Moose Inn Cabins and Campground has been owned by the same family for over 40 years. The property was sold to Bob and Frederica (Teddy) Boynton about 46 years ago, back in 1977. The Boyntons added a restaurant and maintained the sporting camps around during their time of owning Big Moose Inn Cabins and Campground. Years later, the property was passed down to Laurie Cormier, who is the daughter of Bob and Teddy. Multiple family members are still involved and help with maintaining the facilities and the many different functions of the property.
Before it was established as Big Moose Inn Cabins and Campground, it had gone through many various name changes and owners dating back to the early 1900s, though it has been a campground for almost the entire time. According to the company's website, Fred Spencer was responsible for building the campsites in 1899 or 1900, calling the camp Camp Eureka, and operating the campground with the help of his brother. During their ownership, the camp name changed to Camp Spencer and, eventually, Spencer's Camps. Elmer Woodworth bought the lease around 1929 and maintained the land for many years. Sometime later, Elmer passed the business down to his son Ray and his wife Muriel, who sold the campsites to Bob and Teddy Boynton in 1977.
Bob and Teddy Boynton