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The Presumpscot River is a 27-mile long river located in Cumberland Countymarker, Mainemarker. It is the main outlet of Sebago Lakemarker.

Course

The river flows through the communities of Windhammarker, Gorhammarker, Westbrookmarker, Portlandmarker, and Falmouthmarker before emptying into Casco Baymarker at Falmouth. The river is bridged by Maine State Route 35 near North Windham, by the Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division between North Windham and South Windham, and by U.S. Route 202 in South Windham. The river is bridged again by the Maine Central Mountain Division in Westbrook and by U.S. Route 302 at Riverton between Westbrook and Portland. In Falmouth the river is bridged by Interstate 495, concurrent Maine State Routes 26 and 100, Interstate 95, Maine State Route 9, the Maine Central Railroad, Interstate 295, the Grand Trunk Railway, and U.S. Route 1.

Sources

In addition to Sebago Lake being its primary source, three significant tributaries of the river are the Pleasant River in Windham, Mill Brook in Westbrook (which is an outlet of Highland Lake in Windham), and the Piscataqua River in Falmouth (which is an outlet of Forest Lake in Cumberlandmarker). Am East Branch Piscataqua River also flows separately into the Presumpscot Main Stem.

Dams

There are eight dams impeding the flow of the river as it makes its way to the ocean, some of which produce hydroelectric power. These dams are the Eel Weir Dam, North Gorham Dam, Dundee Dam, Gambo Dam, Little Falls Dam, Mallison Dam, Sacarappa Dam, and Cumberland Mills Dam. Dams upstream of Cumberland Mills served the locks of the Cumberland and Oxford Canalmarker; and were modified to regulate water flow through the S. D. Warren Paper Mill after the canal fell into disuse. Since the removal of the Smelt Hill Dam in Falmouth in 2002, the last seven miles of the river after the Cumberland Mills Dam now flow unimpeded to the ocean.

References

  1. http://presumpscotcoalition.org/geo.html


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