Lakeside Cabins and Whitewater Rafting Next to Baxter State Park

Baxter State Park and Mount Katahdin, the Class IV+ Penobscot River with features like Nesowadnehunk Falls and Exterminator, Blueberry Ledges, the infamous Golden Road, the Debsconeag Ice Caves, and the historic Boom House on Ambajejus Lake. These are just a few of the adventures you could find yourself on if you spend a few days outside of Millinocket, Maine at our base for indoor lodging. Whether you raft, hike, canoe, kayak, or chill by a fire with a cold beverage…you can kick back at the end of your day in a private cabin at the Big Moose Inn.

Indoor Lodging at Big Moose Inn on the Penobscot River

Indoor Lodging near Baxter State Park, Mount Katahdin, and the Penobscot River

For many of you, camping is the way to go. Pitch a tent at Abol Campground, right along the banks of the Penobscot River. Really, the view can’t be beat.

View of Mount Katahdin with Penobscot River from campsite at Abol Bridge Campground

Others may want the comforts of a bed, full kitchen, and WIFI access in the main lodge! We’re excited to partner up with Big Moose Inn to offer a variety of indoor lodging and accommodations for our whitewater rafting guests, including inn suites with private baths, inn rooms with shared baths, lakeside cabins, and trail side cabins. Situated between Millinocket and Ambajejus Lake, the Big Moose Inn offers on-site canoe, kayak, and SUP rentals as well as moose boat tours and scenic float plane rides. These additional offerings make a Penobscot whitewater rafting trip turn into a full Maine vacation and getaway!

Indoor Lodging Option for Northern Outdoors Rafting Guests

Inn Rooms & Suites

The Big Moose Inn offers a wide variety of inn rooms and suites, perfect for people looking for bed and breakfast style rooms. These rooms have heat/AC, WIFI, private or shared bathrooms, and easy access to the Loose Moose pub & bar, as well as Fredericka’s casual fine dining restaurant.

Indoor lodging Inns and Suites at the Penobscot River
Inn Suite

Private Cabins

In addition to the inn-style rooms, the Big Moose Inn has private cabins with a variety of twin, bunk, full, and queen size beds. These private cabins are great options for small and large groups, including families, couples, and groups of friends! The Katahdin Cabin, pictured below, is a favorite amongst bachelor and bachelorette parties with its huge deck, multiple sleeping spots, full kitchen, volleyball net, and sleeping for up to 20 guests!

Large cabin near the Penobscot River
The Katahdin Cabin

Walk to Restaurants, Bar, WIFI, Convenience Store and Two Lakes!

All cabins and rooms are located within a short walk to two restaurants, Fredericka’s casual fine dining and Loose Moose for pubfare. You can often find live music on weekends at the Loose Moose, as well as an opportunity to relax at the rooftop bar in the middle of the Maine woods! The Big Moose Inn also has free wifi access to guests when located in the main Inn. Also next door? The North Woods Trading Post, with access to convenience store items such as gas, food (pizza, sandwiches, etc), local gifts and souvenirs, beer, and wine. Big Moose Inn and North Woods Trading Post are situated between two beautiful lakes along the Penobscot River corridor, and are great spots for swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and SUPing.

Rooftop Bar at Big Moose Inn
Rooftop Seating at the Loose Moose

Just 10 Miles from our Katahdin Adventure Basecamp

When you wake up on the morning of your Penobscot River rafting trip, you have just over 10 miles to drive to meet with your whitewater rafting guides. Grab a bite to eat at Fredericka’s or a quick sandwich-to-go at North Woods Trading Post, and then follow the signs to Northern Outdoors. Visit our directions page for more details on how to get from Big Moose Inn to our Penobscot rafting trip base.

Google Map to Indoor Lodging on the Penobscot River

The cabins and rooms offer the perfect opportunity for those looking to adventure on the Penobscot River but also enjoy the comforts of indoor lodging and amenities. If you haven’t explored the Penobscot River because you couldn’t find the right lodging, this is your chance. Read more about the Big Moose Inn, and give us a call to chat with our reservation staff more about Penobscot River rafting and the outdoor and indoor lodging options. We can’t wait to help you plan the perfect Maine vacation for you and your crew!

Interested in your lodging options for the Penobscot River rafting trips? Visit the indoor lodging page or call us at (207) 663-4466 to learn more!
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