Magalloway River

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Magalloway River
Magalloway River Below Aziscohos Dam in the Mountains of Western Maine.jpg
Magalloway River below Aziscohos Dam in western Maine
Magalloway River is located in Maine
Magalloway River
Magalloway River is located in New Hampshire
Magalloway River
Magalloway River is located in the United States
Magalloway River
Location
CountryUnited States
StatesMaine, New Hampshire
CountiesOxford, ME, Coos, NH
TownshipsNorth Oxford, ME, Lincoln Plantation, ME, Magalloway Plantation, ME, Second College Grant, NH, Wentworth's Location, NH, Errol, NH
Physical characteristics
SourceConfluence of West Branch and Third East Branch
 • locationNorth Oxford, ME
 • coordinates45°15′26″N 71°1′37″W / 45.25722°N 71.02694°W / 45.25722; -71.02694
 • elevation1,850 ft (560 m)
MouthAndroscoggin River
 • location
Errol, NH
 • coordinates
44°47′0″N 71°3′53″W / 44.78333°N 71.06472°W / 44.78333; -71.06472Coordinates: 44°47′0″N 71°3′53″W / 44.78333°N 71.06472°W / 44.78333; -71.06472
 • elevation
1,245 ft (379 m)
Length48 mi (77 km)
Basin features
Tributaries 
 • leftSecond East Branch, First East Branch, Sturtevant Stream
 • rightLittle Magalloway River, Abbott Brook, Dead Diamond River, Bear Brook

The Magalloway River is a river in northwestern Maine and northern New Hampshire in the United States. It is a tributary of the Androscoggin River, which flows to the Kennebec River at Merrymeeting Bay in Maine, near the Atlantic Ocean. The total length of the river is 30 miles (48 km), or 48 miles (77 km) if the distances across intervening lakes are included.

The Magalloway River rises near the extreme northwestern corner of Maine, at the juncture of the West Branch and the Third East Branch of the Magalloway. The river flows south through logging country to 2.5-mile-long (4.0 km) Parmachenee Lake, then descends for another 2.6 miles (4.2 km) to the 15-mile-long (24 km) Aziscohos Lake. Below the lake dam, the Magalloway turns west and descends 250 feet (76 m) in 2 miles (3.2 km) to the village of Wilsons Mills, Maine, before once again turning south, now along the New Hampshire–Maine border. The river ends where it joins the outlet of Umbagog Lake, forming the Androscoggin River.

Tributaries of the Magalloway include the West Branch, the First, Second, and Third East Branches, the Little Magalloway River, and the Dead Diamond River. The Magalloway passes through the townships of Parmachenee, Lynchtown, Parkertown, Lincoln, and Magalloway Plantation in Maine, and the townships of Second College Grant and Wentworth's Location in New Hampshire.

Its name is from some Native American language, meaning "large tail".[1]

Aziscohos Lake[edit]

Aziscohos Lake
Aziscohos Lake is located in Maine
Aziscohos Lake
Aziscohos Lake
LocationOxford County, Maine
Max. length15 mi (24 km)[2]
Surface area6,872 acres (2,781 ha)[3]
Max. depth60 feet (18 m)[4]
Water volume157,945 acre⋅ft (194,822,000 m3)[3]
Surface elevation1,516 ft (462 m)[5]

Aziscohos Lake extends upstream from Aziscohos Dam in Lincoln Plantation through Parkertown township into Lynchtown township.[2] The reservoir is good habitat for brook trout and land-locked Atlantic salmon. There is a public boat launch site at the south end of the reservoir off Maine State Route 16.[4]

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 196.
  2. ^ a b The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer (Thirteenth ed.). Freeport, Maine: DeLorme Mapping Company. 1988. pp. 33, 42&43. ISBN 0-89933-035-5.
  3. ^ a b Maine Depts. of Environmental Protection and Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (2005-08-04). "Maine Lakes: Morphometry and Geographic Information". Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Environmental and Watershed Research, The University of Maine. Archived from the original on 2006-09-03. Retrieved 2008-07-31.
  4. ^ a b "Aziscohos Lake" (PDF). Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Game. State of Maine. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 June 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Seboeis Lake