10 Ways to Enjoy Winter, From the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Spending time outside is good for your mental and physical health, and in Maine, there are a lot of ways to make winter fun. Here are a few ideas:

1. Snowshoe through Maine's forests

Grab a pair of snowshoes and head to the woods for an adventure! Pack a lunch and hot chocolate and turn it into a winter picnic.

Find a trail near you on Maine Trail Finder

2. Catch a fish through the ice

Ice fishing is an exciting hobby that can be enjoyed close to home with just a few pieces of equipment. Never been ice fishing? Check out our new Beginner’s Guide to Ice Fishing in Maine.

Wondering where to go? View the monthly fishing report and buy your license online.

3. Participate in a Citizen Science project

You don't need to be a biologist to help with important wildlife projects! Share your bird sightings with the Maine Bird Atlas (every bird counts, even the ones in your backyard).

A rabbit citizen science project is about to start in southern Maine - stay tuned!

4. Trying hunting a different species

There are hunting opportunities across the state in the winter, including snowshoe hare and predator hunting. One of the best ways to target a new species is to hire a Registered Maine Guide who can provide the gear and years of experience. Learn more about hunting in Maine.

5. Watch wildlife

Winter can be an exciting time to spot wildlife! Fresh snow also gives you the opportunity to look at tracks to see what wildlife lives nearby.

Download our pocket guide to Maine animal tracks.

6. Explore Maine on snowmobile

Snowmobiling is an exciting way to enjoy scenic winter views. If you don't own a snowmobile, consider renting one and going on a guided tour. Learn more about snowmobiling in Maine.

Reminder: Most snowmobile trails are NOT open for the season yet. Before you go, check with a local club or visit mesnow.com.

7. Visit a Wildlife Management Area

Wildlife Management Areas, located throughout the state, offer an opportunity for recreation and protected wildlife habitat.

Find a Wildlife Management Area near you.

8. Hang out in your backyard or nearby park