Geography - Frequently Asked Questions
Rivers and Lakes
- Q3. What are the lengths of some of Maine's major rivers?
- Q4. What is Maine's biggest lake?
- Q5. What is the difference between a lake and a pond, river, stream, and brook?
- Q8. What do the township abbreviations in Maine's unorganized towns stand for?
- Q9. I want to name a geographical feature. Who should I contact?
- Q10. How can I locate a specific geographic location or place in Maine?
- Q11. Do geographic names have any geologic meaning?
Rivers and Lakes
|St. John||331 with southwest branch
325 with southeast branch
|Penobscot||240 miles with west and north branches|
|Kennebec||170 miles with West Outlet|
- 1. Moosehead Lake - 117 square miles
- 2. Sebago Lake - 45 square miles
- 3. Chesuncook Lake - 36 square miles
- 4. Mooselookmeguntic Lake - 26 square miles
- Lake - an inland body of water occupying a depression in the earth's surface, generally of appreciable size
- Pond - a natural body of standing water, occupying a small surface depression, usually smaller than a lake.
- River - a natural freshwater surface stream of considerable volume and a permanent or seasonal flow.
- Stream - any body of moving water that moves under gravity to progressively lower levels, in a relatively narrow but clearly defined channel on the surface of the ground.
- Brook - a small stream or rivulet, commonly swiftly flowing in rugged terrain, of lesser length and volume than a creek. A term used in England and New England for any tributary to a small river or to a larger stream.
Brownville Junction -- 18 miles north of Dover-Foxcroft
Maine has approximately 3478 miles (5600 kilometers) of tidally-influenced shoreline.
|BKP||Binghams Kennebec Purchase|
|BPP||Binghams Penobscot Purchase|
|EKR||East of the Kennebec River|
|NBKP||North of Binghams Kennebec Purchase|
|NBPP||North of Binghams Penobscot Purchase|
|NWP||North of the Waldo Patent|
|WELS||West of the Easterly Line of the State|
|WBKP||West of Binghams Kennebec Purchase|
|WKR||West of the Kennebec River|
There is no State of Maine geographic names authority. Name changes should be submitted to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names.
Online, try out the U.S. Geological Survey's Geographic Names Information System. Or you can refer to the Length and Breadth of Maine, by Stanley Bearce Attwood, University of Maine at Orono Press, 2004.
Last updated on April 9, 2012