Nahmakanta Lake

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Nahmakanta Lake
Location Piscataquis County, Maine
Coordinates 45°45′N 69°08′W / 45.750°N 69.133°W / 45.750; -69.133Coordinates: 45°45′N 69°08′W / 45.750°N 69.133°W / 45.750; -69.133[1]
Primary outflows Nahmakanta Stream
Basin countries United States
Max. length 3.5 mi (5.6 km)[2]
Surface area 986 acres (399 ha)[3]
Max. depth 110 feet (34 m)[4]
Water volume 47,774 acre⋅ft (58,928,000 m3)[3]
Surface elevation 646 ft (197 m)[1]

Nahmakanta Lake is the source of Nahmakanta Stream in the North Maine Woods. Nahmakanta Stream flows 4 miles (6.4 km) from the southeast end of the lake in Maine township 1, range 11, to the Pemadumcook Chain of Lakes in township 1, range 10. The Appalachian Trail follows Nahmakanta Stream and the southwest shore of Nahmakanta Lake. The northwest end of the lake in township 2, range 11, receives drainage from Rainbow Lake via Rainbow Stream, from Gould Pond via Gould Brook, from the Bean Ponds via Bean Brook, and from Female Pond, Wadleigh Pond, the Musquash Ponds, and Pollywog Pond via Pollywog Brook.[2] These streams provide spawning habitat for brook trout and land-locked Atlantic salmon, while lake trout spawn in the shoals of the lake.[4]


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Nahmakanta Lake
  2. ^ a b The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer (Thirteenth ed.). Freeport, Maine: DeLorme Mapping Company. 1988. pp. 42&50. 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 31 July 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "Nahmakanta Lake" (PDF). Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Game. State of Maine. Retrieved 16 May 2016.