The Androscoggin begins in northwestern Maine at Umbagog Lake, journeys through New Hampshire, then re-enters Maine near Bethel, eventually joining the Kennebec at Merrymeeting Bay.
While the Penobscot was primarily a logging river and the Kennebec a transportation corridor, the Androscoggin has traditionally been Maine's principal industrial river. Thanks to a 1000 foot drop from its headwaters to the sea, the Androscoggin has an average descent of 8 feet per mile--a swift flowing, large volume river provides an excellent power source.
Consequently, the Androscoggin has borne a heavy burden of pollution. The Maine DEP, communities, and industries have begun collaborating to improve the river, and the results so far have been promising.
See a profile on the Rapid River.
Read a first-hand account of the Source-to-the-Sea Trek down the Androscoggin.
Androscoggin Land Trust
Length: 164 miles
Drainage Area: 3,450 square miles (2,730 in Maine)
Discharge at Mouth: 4.19 billion gallons/day
Visit the EPA page for the Lower Androscoggin watershed.
Rivers and Streams in the Androscoggin Watershed:
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