Raft Maine’s Penobscot River, climb Mt Katahdin in Baxter State Park, camp near the Appalachian Trail, relax at Millinocket Lake

The Katahdin Adventure Base Camp, located 8 miles outside of Baxter State Park, is your home base for adventures in the Katahdin region. Whitewater raft on the Penobscot River, climb Mt Katahdin, hike in Baxter State Park, venture into the Debsconeag Ice Caves, fish for salmon, bass, or trout, or rent a stand up paddle board on Millinocket Lake….the adventures are endless.


The Base Camp is located at Big Moose Inn, where you can relax in lakeside cabins or private inn rooms & suites, or by the fire in the Big Moose Campground. Wake up the next morning, and walk to our rafting check in to spend your day on the Penobscot River. The Big Moose Inn is situated between Millinocket and Ambajejus Lakes where guest can enjoy kayaks, canoes, and pontoon boat rides, two on-site restaurants, a convenience store, and WiFi in the Inn.


Why Camping at the Katahdin Base Camp is Perfect for Your Baxter State Park Adventures

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Lean To at Big Moose Campground
Rafting over Waterfalls on the Penobscot River | Nesowadnehunk Falls

Penobscot River Rafting


Raft one of Maine’s most thrilling and gorgeous rivers–the Penobscot. Challenging, technical whitewater rapids in the granite-walled Ripogenus Gorge are balanced by playful holes in the lower section. Spectacular scenery, wildlife and action await you on this dam-controlled river.  Learn more about our Penobscot River Rafting trips.

Big Moose Inn Millinocket Maine

Big Moose Inn


The Big Moose Inn offers a wide selection of indoor accommodations for individuals and groups rafting the Penobscot River, hiking in Baxter State Park and exploring the Katahdin region. Big Moose has inn suites with private baths, inn rooms with shared baths, lakeside cabins, and trail side cabins, all situated either on or within walking distance of two beautiful lakes. Kayak, canoe, and stand up paddle board rentals available on-site, along with moose boat tours and scenic plane rides.


Big Moose Campground


Camp just outside Baxter State Park at the Big Moose Campground. Located near Millinocket and Ambajejus Lakes, enjoy camping in the great north woods with all the amenities of the Big Moose Inn and their two restaurants located a short drive or walk away.

The Katahdin Region
& Baxter State Park


  • Rivals the Rockies or Alaska for fishing, wildlife, paddling, camping, birdwatching, hunting, whitewater rafting, and hiking recreation.
  • Hike Mt. Katahdin, the northern end of the Appalachian Trail.
  • Pristine wilderness with abundant forests, mountains, rivers, trails, and hundred of lakes, all within an easy half day’s drive from major East Coast cities (approximately 5 hours from Boston, MA and 4 hrs from Portland, ME).
  • Home to incredible wildlife, including moose, white-tailed deer, osprey, bald eagles, blue herons, otters, beavers, and more.
  • World-class fishing for trout, landlocked salmon, and smallmouth bass.
  • The Debsconeag ice caves await intrepid explorers.
  • Major rivers feed into the Penobscot River, including the Mattawamkeag, the Piscataquis, the Pleasant, the Passadumkeag, and the east and west branches of the upper Penobscot.
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Where is the Katahdin Region?

Located in the east-central portion of the state, this region includes mile-high Mt. Katahdin and Baxter State Park, the vast southern Aroostook softwood flats, the hilly lake country south of Route 6, and the rolling farm country of western Penobscot County.

Out Katahdin Base Camp is 8 miles north of Millinocket on the Baxter State Park Road.

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