Sebasticook River

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Sebasticook River
Sebasticook River and Full Moon; Benton, Maine.jpg
Origin Maine
Mouth Kennebec River
44°32′19″N 69°37′54″W / 44.5386°N 69.6317°W / 44.5386; -69.6317 (Sebasticook River)Coordinates: 44°32′19″N 69°37′54″W / 44.5386°N 69.6317°W / 44.5386; -69.6317 (Sebasticook River)
Basin countries United States
Length 76 miles (122 km)
Source elevation 750 feet (230 m)
Mouth elevation 32 feet (10 m)
Left tributaries East Branch Sebasticook River

The Sebasticook River is a 76-mile-long (122 km)[1] river in the central part of Maine, in the United States. From its source (45°03′17″N 69°13′36″W / 45.05480°N 69.22655°W / 45.05480; -69.22655 (Sebasticook River source)) in Dexter, the upper "Main Stream" section flows generally west and south 30 miles (48 km) to Great Moose Lake. From the outlet of the lake (44°53′05″N 69°27′13″W / 44.8848°N 69.4536°W / 44.8848; -69.4536 (Great Moose Lake Dam)) in Hartland, the Sebasticook flows 41 miles (66 km) south to the Kennebec River in Winslow.

According to the Sebasticook Regional Land Trust:

The Sebasticook River is the largest tributary (985 square miles) to the Kennebec and thus plays an important role in the restoration of both the anadromous and resident aquatic fisheries of the Kennebec basin and the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. Due to its relatively close proximity to the lower Kennebec, large drainage area, and low gradient, this watershed historically contributed a major percentage of available spawning and nursery habitat for anadromous runs of alewife, blueback herring, American shad, rainbow smelt, and striped bass associated with the Kennebec River watershed and Gulf of Maine ecosystems. To a lesser extent, the river provided habitat for Atlantic salmon.

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  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed June 30, 2011

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