Chesuncook Lake and West Branch Penobscot River

Millinocket, Maine 04462

Chesuncook Lake and West Branch Penobscot River

Chesuncook Lake and West Branch Penobscot River Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

Millinocket
Nearby City
Day trip, camping available
Duration
Best spring through fall
Season
USGS Caribou Lake North, Caribou Lake South, Chesuncook, Cuxabexis Lake, Harrington Lake, Longley Pond, Mud Pond, Penobscot Farm, Ragmuff Stream, Rainbow Lake West
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Jul 2018