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Kennebec Gorge

West Forks, Maine

Kennebec Gorge



The Kennebec Gorge property is a 1,483 acre parcel at the upper reaches of the Kennebec River just below the Harris Dam and extending south on both sides of the River toward The Forks. This site includes 20 miles of river and stream shoreline and has a rich history as a logging river, fishing haven, and a hydro-electric generation site.

The Kennebec Gorge is an isolated, narrow canyon with sheer cliffs and steep granite walls on both sides of the River. This section of the Kennebec River has exceptional water quality and is known for its populations of native brook trout, landlocked salmon and wild rainbow trout. The Kennebec Gorge is also New England’s most popular rafting river because its Class III and IV whitewater and the controlled flows out of Harris Dam provide raftable river flows throughout the late spring, summer and fall seasons.

The property will be transferred to the Maine Department of Conservation to preserve the natural beauty and resources of one of the truly exceptional recreation sites in the State of Maine in perpetuity. Additionally, an old field and woodlot containing an 8-unit campground with frontage on the river and Route 201 will be deeded to the Town of West Forks for community and recreational uses.

Natural Resources Summary

Transfer Value
$1,800,000
Total Site Area
1,483 acres
Shoreline Length
104,200 linear feet

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