Chesuncook Lake and West Branch Penobscot River

Millinocket, Maine

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The larger Ripogenus Dam, built in 1920 to control the West Branch level for the transport of pulp mill logs—a practice banned in 1972—raised the water level enough that Ripogenus and Caribou lakes merged with Chesuncook. The largest privately owned dam in the United States, Ripogenous Dam’s concrete structure stretches for 795 feet in length and 83 feet in height. In the early 1950s, the owners retrofit the dam with 37-megawatt hydropower turbines. FISH: landlocked salmon, brook trout, lake trout, white perch, yellow perch.
Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition

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Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition

by John Hayes & Alex Wilson (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

The larger Ripogenus Dam, built in 1920 to control the West Branch level for the transport of pulp mill logs—a practice banned in 1972—raised the water level enough that Ripogenus and Caribou lakes merged with Chesuncook. The largest privately owned dam in the United States, Ripogenous Dam’s concrete structure stretches for 795 feet in length and 83 feet in height. In the early 1950s, the owners retrofit the dam with 37-megawatt hydropower turbines. FISH: landlocked salmon, brook trout, lake trout, white perch, yellow perch.

©  John Hayes & Alex Wilson/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Millinocket
Duration: Day trip, camping available
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Maps: USGS Caribou Lake North, Caribou Lake South, Chesuncook, Cuxabexis Lake, Harrington Lake, Longley Pond, Mud Pond, Penobscot Farm, Ragmuff Stream, Rainbow Lake West
Driving Directions: Directions to Chesuncook Lake and West Branch Penobscot River

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