Richardson Lakes (Maine)

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Richardson Lakes
LocationOxford County, Maine
Coordinates44°47′N 70°54′W / 44.783°N 70.900°W / 44.783; -70.900Coordinates: 44°47′N 70°54′W / 44.783°N 70.900°W / 44.783; -70.900[1]
Primary inflowsMooselookmeguntic Lake
Primary outflowsRapid River
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length14 mi (23 km)[2]
Max. width1.4 mi (2.3 km)[2]
Surface area7,751 acres (3,137 ha)[3]
Max. depth108 feet (33 m)[4]
Water volume147,096 acre⋅ft (181,440,000 m3)[3]
Surface elevation1,447 ft (441 m)[1]

Upper Richardson Lake and Lower Richardson Lake are impounded as a single reservoir by Middle Dam at the outlet to Rapid River on the western shore of the lower lake. Rapid River flows 5 miles (8.0 km) to Umbagog Lake headwaters of the Androscoggin River. Upper Richardson Lake is in the western portion of Richardsontown township, and the lower lake is on the border of Magalloway Plantation and Maine township C. Primary inflow is discharge over Upper Dam on Mooselookmeguntic Lake on the eastern shore of the upper lake. Smaller tributaries entering the north end of the upper lake include Mill Brook draining the Richardson Ponds, Fish Brook draining Fish Pond, and Beaver Brook draining Beaver Pond, Little Beaver Pond, and Aziscohos Pond. Other small tributaries include Rand Brook on the western shore, and Mosquito Brook, Metallak Brook, and Bailey Brook on the eastern shore.[2] The lake offers excellent habitat for adult trout, but with dams on the outlet and major inlet, fish populations are limited by the insufficient spawning and nursery areas of these small tributaries. The public boat launch area at the north end of the upper lake is 1 mile (1.6 km) off Maine State Route 16; and the boat launch area at the south end of the lower lake is accessed by driving 12 miles (19 km) north of Andover on South Arm Road.[4]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lower Richardson Lake
  2. ^ a b c The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer (Thirteenth ed.). Freeport, Maine: DeLorme Mapping Company. 1988. p. 18. 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 "Richardson Lakes" (PDF). Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Game. State of Maine. Retrieved 4 May 2016.