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Chesuncook Lake

Maine’s third-largest lake, Chesuncook Lake in the Maine Highlands region is best known as a starting point for whitewater rafting on the Penobscot River and for the landlocked salmon fishery in the West Branch of the Penobscot, below Ripogenus Dam. The lake occupies 26,200 acres and was originally formed by the construction of the dam, which was built primarily for water storage and hydropower and as a means to send pulpwood to downstream paper mills. Primary public boat access is located off the Golden Road that connects Greenville and Moosehead Lake to Ripogenus Dam. You'll find numerous wilderness campsites located throughout the lakeshores.

Things to Do

You can fish on your own or get the expert advice of a Registered Maine Guide. The lake has a maximum water depth of 150 feet. The southwestern portion of the lake, also known as Caribou Lake, is popular for landlocked salmon fishing. The main body of water is large and you may want to consider larger boats rather than canoes or kayaks. The northeastern portion of the lake where Umbazooksus Stream enters Chesuncook is noted for huge white perch. You can reach this portion of the lake via the Chamberlain Bridge at the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. You can also fish for brook trout and lake trout.

Businesses & Organizations

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  • Sebago Trails Paddling is the premier kayak, canoe and standup paddleboard outfitter in the greater Sebago Lakes Region.

    Phone: (207) 894-4696


    Address: 1311 Roosevelt Trail , Raymond

    Registered Maine Guides Kayaking and Canoeing Lakes and Ponds
  • Moose Tours are Our Specialty, with Master Maine Guide - Rich Yvon. Fully guided tour with BBQ lunch with a view! Book Now for the 2024 and 2025 seasons! Choose a day trip and stay in our luxury lodge! See our Google Reviews!

    Phone: 207-907-9151


    Address: 303 Williams Rd , Bradford

    Registered Maine Guides Wildlife Watching Lakes and Ponds
  • Viles Arboretum is a no-fee 224 acre botanical garden which features miles of trails, a rotating suite of programs and events, a full service visitor center, and a variety of habitats home to flora and fauna of Statewide importance.

    Phone: 207-626-7989


    Address: 153 Hospital Street , Augusta

    Sanctuaries, Land Trusts and Refuges Trails and Routes
  • Historic house museum, public trails, and community event space in Ellsworth

    Phone: 207-667-8671


    Address: 19 Black House Drive PO Box 1478 , Ellsworth

    History and Maritime Maine's Heritage Museums
  • Discover your next paddling adventure on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.

    Phone: (802) 496-2285


    Address: PO Box 565 , Waitsfield

    Kayaking and Canoeing Public Reserved Lands Wilderness Areas
  • Viles Arboretum is a free, easily accessible, botanical garden that is open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week. The space includes six miles of trails, several botanical collections, and local art (all marked and signed), on 224 acres.

    Phone: 207-626-7989


    Address: 153 Hospital Street , Augusta

    Trails and Routes

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