New England Outdoor Center - Experience All that Maine Has to Offer
How does it get any better than this? It doesn’t! The New England Outdoor Center (NEOC) has everything you need for an unforgettable Maine winter vacation. Located at the heart of Maine on Millinocket Lake - overlooking Baxter State Park and Mount Katahdin, our tallest peak - NEOC will help you experience our dazzling winter in whatever mode you choose. Plan your ultimate Maine vacation now! Stay in our comfortable, high quality accommodations featuring spectacular views of Mount Katahdin and Millinocket Lake. Our full-service lakeside cabins and River Drivers Restaurant are open year-round, seven days a week. Our resort is trailside to some of the best snowmobile trails in New England and we always have snow! In addition to snowmobiling, we offer cross country ski trails designed by an Olympian, snowshoeing, ice-fishing, back country skiing, and more.
Snowmobiling In Maine
Take to the snowmobile trails with us this winter - we offer easy access to many of Maine's clearly marked, well-maintained trails. Snowmobile enthusiasts travel thousands of miles to ride our trails, because the best snowmobile trail conditions in Maine can be found right here in the Katahdin region. We have the largest fleet of rental sleds in Maine! Our mission is to make renting a snowmobile easy. Are you a seasoned sledder looking to do some long distance riding or are you sledding for the first time? Either way, we have the sled to fit your needs. Our fleet of Ski-Doo snowmobiles features high performance and touring sleds. You can access hundreds of miles of groomed Maine snowmobile trails right from your cabin door.
Our lodging puts you just steps from Maine's best snowmobiling trails, winter activities, scenery, and wildlife. Stay a night or stay a week! Located along ITS 85/86, we provide the convenience and luxury of a hotel along with the comforts of home. Enjoy our award-winning River Drivers restaurant. We have ample parking for vehicles and sleds and you can conveniently refuel onsite. People travel from all over the country to snowmobile on these trails! Book early to ensure availability.
Maine Trailside Lodging
We offer cozy, lakeside cabins that are perfect for a Maine winter vacation. Cabins are toasty warm and feature completely outfitted kitchens and a full complement of linens. These charming cabins are available in a range of sizes and styles, from log cabins with bunk beds to larger luxury guesthouses for family vacations. They offer plenty of space for gathering with family and friends to celebrate the day’s activities and plan your next adventure. Amenities include:
- Easy access to snowmobile trails, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and ice fishing;
- Gas and oil available onsite;
- Snowmobile rentals;
- Small, medium, large, and premier cabins that sleep 6–14 people, fully equipped with
- kitchen cookware,
- full bathrooms,
- baseboard heat (some with additional fireplaces or wood-stoves );
Recreation Hall with big screen TV, sauna, ping pong, and game room.
Other Winter Activities
The New England Outdoor Center, located just miles from the south entrance of Baxter State Park and Mount Katahdin, provides unlimited terrain for backcountry nordic skiing. In addition, we have 9 miles of groomed cross country trails onsite, designed by Olympian John Morton. Ice fishing is very popular in Maine and we’re proud to offer guests the opportunity to fish on the many ponds and lakes in the region, including Millinocket Lake, Millimagassett Lake and Long Lake. Snowshoeing, whether you choose a traditional hardwood frame with rawhide lacings or a modern shoe, offers hours of exploration and adventure in the Katahdin region.
Maine Outdoor Activities for the Entire Family
At the New England Outdoor Center, we offer fun for everyone. Whether you seek the adventure of whitewater rafting or snowmobiling, the awe of watching Maine’s majestic moose graze along the lakeshore in the shadow of Mount Katahdin, or a quiet hike through the Maine woods, we can customize your Maine adventure.
The New England Outdoor Center is located just miles from the south entrance of Baxter State Park and Mount Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. We are also close to a variety of designated wilderness areas. Baxter State Park offers hundreds of miles of hiking trails. The Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Region is just minutes from our doorstep. Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument makes a great day trip.
Choose to explore on your own or join one of our daily guided activities including hiking, canoeing, and kayaking in the summer and skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Maine has excellent fishing and we offer guests the opportunity to fish on a variety of lakes and rivers in the Katahdin region. Join us on a guided fishing excursion - all equipment is provided.
Summer guests enjoy the use of our kayaks and canoes as part of their stay. Millinocket Lake offers wonderful swimming and paddling – all with a spectacular view of Mount Katahdin. You can enjoy volleyball, fire pits, basketball, table tennis, sauna, and picnic areas just a few steps from your cabin. Enjoy your Maine vacation with us this year and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Maine Whitewater Rafting
Whitewater Rafting on Maine’s Penobscot River is one of the most spectacular whitewater river experiences in the eastern United States. Maine whitewater rafting trips on the Penobscot offer exhilarating rapids and breathtaking scenery for all ages and abilities. Our trips are designed to maximize both of these experiences, whether you want adrenaline-pumping Class V rapids or a relaxing family float. We offer Maine Whitewater Rafting Trips on the Penobscot River, the Kennebec River and the Dead River, with trips leaving daily in April through late October. All trips can accommodate individuals, families, and large groups.
Our river trips cater to all activity and excitement levels. We offer Class I-IV rapids on the Penobscot River, half-day trips, Double Trouble Trips, Floats and soft adventure trips. A day trip with us usually includes a river BBQ lunch prepared by our raft guides on the scenic riverbanks. Regardless of your skill level, we have a rafting trip designed for you!