Millinocket Lake (Aroostook River)

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Millinocket Lake
Location Piscataquis County, Maine
Coordinates 46°18′N 68°52′W / 46.300°N 68.867°W / 46.300; -68.867Coordinates: 46°18′N 68°52′W / 46.300°N 68.867°W / 46.300; -68.867[1]
Primary inflows Chandler Brook
Moose Brook
Primary outflows Millinocket Stream
Basin countries United States
Max. length 6 mi (9.7 km)[2]
Max. width 1 mi (1.6 km)[2]
Surface area 2,730 acres (1,100 ha)[3]
Max. depth 54 feet (16 m)[4]
Water volume 852 acre⋅ft (1,051,000 m3)[3]
Surface elevation 755 ft (230 m)[1]

Millinocket Lake is the source of Millinocket Stream in the North Maine Woods north of Baxter State Park. Millinocket Stream flows 5.5 miles (8.9 km) to Maine township 8, range 8, where it joins Munsungan Stream to form the Aroostook River. The lake extending along the border of Maine range 9 townships 7 and 8 is impounded behind a wooden dam.[2] The dam enlarged the lake to include Little Millinocket Lake and Moose Pond by flooding adjoining bogs to store water for hydropower. The large areas of shallow flooded bog are a good habitat for fallfish, yellow perch and white suckers; but with summer water temperatures ranging from 70° near the surface to 55° in the deeper areas, dissolved oxygen concentrations become unfavorable for trout.[4] Tributaries to the lake drain a number of small ponds to the west of the lake including Atkins Pond, Blackmore Pond, Buckley Pond, Big Caribou Pond, Little Caribou Pond, Chandler Pond, Elsie Pond, Ervin Pond, Jack Pond, Kyle Pond, Line Pond, Mathews Pond, May Pond, Little Moose Pond, Upper Moose Pond, Pretty Pond, Snowshoe Pond, and Spring Pond.[2]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Millinocket Lake
  2. ^ a b c d The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer (Thirteenth ed.). Freeport, Maine: DeLorme Mapping Company. 1988. pp. 56&57. 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 3 September 2006. Retrieved 31 July 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "Millinocket Lake" (PDF). Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. State of Maine. Retrieved 12 May 2016.