Sunday, September 17, 2023

The Moose is Loose in the Town of Indian Lake

A host of moose-themed activities planned for visitors of all ages from guided wilderness hiking tours to the only moose-calling contest held in NY.

Indian Lake NY – The 13th Annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival, New York State’s premier and only moose-themed fete, offers visitors of all ages a fantastic Adirondack experience. Held in Indian Lake, N.Y., in the heart of the famous six million acre Adirondack Park, moose themed family fun activities will be the main attraction during the weekend of September 22, 23 and 24, 2023. During the Festival, visitors are encouraged to explore the region’s peaks and valleys, rivers and lakes and revel in the burst of Adirondack fall colors.

Visitors to Indian Lake will enjoy programs, games, contests, exhibitions, many in the name of the elusive and majestic moose. The half-ton mammal has made a come-back in the Adirondacks, and one may even spot a real live moose during the Festival weekend. The Annual
Great Adirondack Moose Festival (GAMF) is sponsored by the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce and a host of regional and local business sponsors.

Major Festival activities will feature several family fun Adirondack wilderness experiences and will include a Moose River Plains self-guided driving tour, guided hikes to John Pond/Clear Pond Loop, Rock Dam and Rock Lake. “At a time when formulaic, factory-made entertainment rules the world, the one-of-a kind Adirondack Town of indian Lake comes alive to celebrate the biggest, hairiest, homeliest and most charismatic deer on the planet. The Great Adirondack Moose Festival is happening full of fun and idiosyncrasy. Festival activities offer authentic Adirondack experiences and are not to be missed” said Ed Kanze, Naturalist and Outdoor Guide.

Other Festival activities to enjoy include: DEC Current Adirondack Moose Research presentation, Indian Lake Museum Open House, Adirondack Rafting, Helicopter Flights, Fall Feast Pig Roast, Moose Lab 101, Turkey Trap Shoot, music by Fenimore Blues, Count the
Moose Scat Contest, Mooseterpiece Children’s games and activities and much more. Festival mascot, Bruce the Moose and Smokey Bear will be visiting different Festival activities for photo opportunities. In addition, Monty the Moose, a full mount mature Alaskan moose, will make his appearance during the Festival. Monty invites visitors opportunities to stop by and to take a photo with him.

Back by popular demand will be the 12th annual Moose Calling Contest. Check out the Contest and witness the fun, and sometimes bizarre and authentic, hooting and hollering moose calls from both adult and children contestants. Ed Kanze will be the contest Master of Ceremony and one of the official judges. The contest will be limited to two categories, adult and children, and will be held at the Indian Lake Theater. To view an actual Great Adirondack Moose Calling Contest, see

Additional 2023 Festival activities will include Chain Saw Carving Demonstrations, Raquette Lake Navigation-Brunch Cruise, “Barbie” Movie, Cider Sampling, ADKX Xperience For All Day, live music and shopping for arts and crafts in the Big Moose Tent. According to Brenda Valentine and Bob Marriott , the Festival Chairpersons, “The festival is held during peak fall foliage which allows visitors opportunities to enjoy the beautiful colors in the Central Adirondacks. Most festival activities are free and do not require advance

A full schedule of GAMF activities may be found on Facebook at “Great Adirondack Moose Festival”. For a copy of the 2023 Festival Program, please visit www.indian- call (518) 648-5636 or (518) 648-5112. Visitors are encouraged to pick up a Festival Program at the Chamber of Commerce and at several businesses around town during the weekend.

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One Response

  1. Juliette Maitoza says:

    A moose place to visit 🫎

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