According to Abbreviationfinder, with population of 1,344,212, Maine is the 43rd largest state among U.S. 50 states, and ME is the two letter abbreviation for Maine. Here, we provide a list of major rivers and mountains in the state of Maine.
Rivers in Maine
Saint John River
The Saint John River, which originates in Maine in Somerset County, is 673 km long and runs from Maine to the Canadian province of New Brunswick, where it flows into the Atlantic at the Bay of Fundy. The river is the second largest watercourse on the American north coast and forms part of the border between the United States and Canada. The Canadian part of the river in particular is very popular for swimming, water skiing and boat trips. The lower reaches of the river are sometimes called “Rhine of America” due to its shipping traffic.
Saint Croix River
The 102 km long Saint Croix River also runs from Maine to New Brunswick and also forms part of the Canadian-American border. It rises in the Chiputneticook Lakes and runs south and southeast between Calais and St. Stephen. It flows into Passamaquoddy Bay, part of the Bay of Fundy. On its way, the Saint Croix River flows through a number of natural lakes such as the North Lake, East Grand Lake and Grand Falls Lake. Its catchment area is 2,400 square meters.
The Penobscot River is 560 km long, making it the second largest river in Maine. It is made up of four arms that originate in different lakes and flows to the east. After the union of the west arm with the east arm, it flows through the city of Bangor, from which it is navigable 140 km to the Atlantic coast. The confluence with the Atlantic Ocean is in Penobscot Bay. There is the Indian Reservoir “Penobscot Indian Island Reservation”, whose inhabitants, who gave the river its name.
The Kennebec River is a river originating in Moosehead Lake in central Maine. It covers a distance of 240 km through the cities of Madison Skowhegan, Waterville and the capital Maines, Augusta, before it flows into the Atlantic in the Golf of Maine. Its tributaries are the Sandy River, the Sebasticook River and the Dead River.
Mountains in Maine
Mount Katahdin in the Appalachian Mountains is the highest mountain in Maine at 1606 meters. Baxter State Park extends around it and on the highest of its three peaks, Baxter Peak, is the northern end point of the Appalachian Trail. The name Katahdin comes from the Penobscot Indians and means “the largest mountain”. The mountain was known to the indigenous people and was first discovered in 1764 by Joseph Chadwick. The first recorded ascent of the mountain took place in 1804. The natives had not climbed the mountain until then, because according to their mythology there is a demon there in summer.
At 970m, Sugarloaf Mountain is the second largest mountain in Maine. He too is in the Appalachian Mountains in Franclin County. In the south of the mountain is the Spoulding Mountain. On the northern slope of the mountain is the “Sugarloaf” ski resort, the most famous ski area in Maine.
Lakes and reservoirs in Maine
With an area of 3280 km², Moosehead Lake is the largest lake in Maines and the largest mountain lake in the eastern United States. It is located in the Longfellow Mountains, a highland region in the County Northwest Piscataquis. The towns of Greenville and Rockwood are on the shores of the lake. The Kennebec River originates from Moosehead Lake.
More than 1200 natural lakes formed in the Moosehead Lake region during the last ice age, of which Moosehead Lake is by far the largest.
With an area of 117 km², Sebaco Lake is the second largest and with a maximum depth of 96 m the deepest lake in the state of Maine. Its bank length is 169 km. He
lies in Cumberland County and on its banks are the cities of Casco, Naples, Raymond, Sebago, Standish and Windham. On an island in the lake is the city of Frye Island, which is only inhabited in the summer months. The name “Sebago” comes from a native tribe. Before the expansion of a railway line, the lake was connected to Portland in 1870 by the construction of the Cumberland and Oxford Canal.
The third largest lake in Maine is Chesuncook Lake. Its area is 101.93 km². It is located in Piscataquis County and was created by extending the western arm of the Penobscot River. In it is an island called Gero Island. Chesuncook Township is on the banks of the river.
South Twin Lake
The South Twin Lake has a total area of 13 m² and is one of the largest lakes in the Permadumcook Chain of Lakes. It is located entirely in Penobscott County west of the city of Millinocket. The Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway runs along the banks of the lake. The lake’s two largest islands are Oak Island and Peanut Island.