York River (Maine)

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York River in 1908

The York River is a 13-mile-long (21 km)[1] stream in southeast Maine, United States. It is tidal for over half of its length. It rises at York Pond in Eliot, and conjoined by brooks and creeks, feeds the tidal section. The York River flows southeast to the Atlantic Ocean at York Harbor in the town of York.

The Abenaki name for the York River was Agamenticus, which means "Beyond-the-hill-little-cove". According to Eben Norton Horsford, Agamenticus "described the site of the mouth of Little York River to one approaching it from the north, as it lay behind the hill called by the Indians "Sassanows" (the modern Agamenticus). Little York River, a short tidal river, was the "Beyond-the-hill-little-cove."


On May 23, 2013, Rep Chellie Pingree introduced the York River Wild and Scenic River Study Act of 2013 (H.R. 2197; 113th Congress) would have required the National Park Service to study a segment of the York River for potential addition to the Wild and Scenic Rivers System.[2] The study would be to determine how the proposed designation would affect current recreational and commercial activities.[3][4]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-03-29 at the Wayback Machine, accessed June 30, 2011
  2. ^ "CBO - H.R. 2197". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  3. ^ "H.R. 2197 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  4. ^ McDermott, Deborah (30 January 2013). "Renewed effort aims to designate York River 'Wild and Scenic'". Seacoast Online. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  • Eben Norton Horsford, The Indian Names of Boston, and Their Meaning; John Wilson & Son, University Press, Cambridge 1886

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Coordinates: 43°7′45″N 70°38′15″W / 43.12917°N 70.63750°W / 43.12917; -70.63750