Chesuncook Lake

Millinocket, Maine

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Chesuncook Lake, formed by Ripogenus Dam, is Maine’s third largest body of fresh water. Three distinct sections of the lake are connected. The main stem is known as Chesuncook Lake, the lower body as Caribou Lake, and a third appendage as Ripogenus Lake. The total acreage is 26,200, with a maximum depth of 150 feet. Chesuncook Lake runs in a northwest-southeast direction and prevailing winds can cause large waves and whitecaps. Do not stray far from shore unless you have a large boat (16 feet minimum) and a dependable motor. This is a semi-remote lake, with a few cottages at the southern end. Marine fossils can be found along the shore near Ripogenus Dam, at the extreme southeast end of the lake. Gero Island, at the head of Chesuncook Lake, is maintained by the Maine Bureau of Public Lands. The daily bag limit on landlocked salmon is one fish, with a minimum length limit of 16 inches. Camping is available. Key Species: Lake trout, landlocked salmon, brook trout, white perch, cusk.
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Fishing Maine

by Tom Seymour (Falcon Guides)

Chesuncook Lake, formed by Ripogenus Dam, is Maine’s third largest body of fresh water. Three distinct sections of the lake are connected. The main stem is known as Chesuncook Lake, the lower body as Caribou Lake, and a third appendage as Ripogenus Lake. The total acreage is 26,200, with a maximum depth of 150 feet. Chesuncook Lake runs in a northwest-southeast direction and prevailing winds can cause large waves and whitecaps. Do not stray far from shore unless you have a large boat (16 feet minimum) and a dependable motor.

This is a semi-remote lake, with a few cottages at the southern end. Marine fossils can be found along the shore near Ripogenus Dam, at the extreme southeast end of the lake. Gero Island, at the head of Chesuncook Lake, is maintained by the Maine Bureau of Public Lands. The daily bag limit on landlocked salmon is one fish, with a minimum length limit of 16 inches. Camping is available. Key Species: Lake trout, landlocked salmon, brook trout, white perch, cusk.

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Activity Type: Fishing
Nearby City: Millinocket
Duration: Best Way to Fish: boat
Season & Limits: Best May and September
Local Contacts: North Maine Woods Office
Local Maps: DeLorme Maine Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Chesuncook Lake

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