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T3 R11 WELS

This township is located east of the southern portion of Baxter State Park.  Both the Golden Road and the West Branch of the Penobscot River span its width.  Ripogenus Lake, Dam, and Gorge are major geographic features. [See related Chesuncook]

Sign to the Big Eddy Campground

Sign to the Big Eddy Campground

Lodge at Big Eddy Campground

Lodge at Big Eddy Campground

The West Branch at Big Eddy

The West Branch at Big Eddy

Chewonki Big Eddy Campground on the West Branch of the Penobscot River on the Golden Road

Chewonki Site on the West Branch

Traveling west and entering the township, an early feature is Chewonki’s Big Eddy Campground. Situated right on the banks of the West Branch, it offers cabins and campsites, as well as access to the Eddy, a well-known land-locked salmon pool.

Soon the Telos Road and bridge above the Eddy appears, with its rock-walled narrows in the river. The West Branch’s flow varies widely depending on snow melt and rains. In May of 2012 it was “normal” but 2017 demonstrated its potential power.

Signs: Greenville 43 mi., etc.

Signs: Greenville 43 mi., etc.

West Branch of the Penobscot River on the Telos Road

West Branch at the Telos Bridge (May 2012)

West Branch of the Penobscot River on the Telos Road

West Branch at the Telos Bridge (May 2012)

Next up is the famous Ripogenus Gorge and the McKay Station, which uses water from Ripogenus Dam delivered through a tunnel.

Ripogenus Gorge

Ripogenus Gorge

Ripogenus Gorge

Ripogenus Gorge

The West Branch of the Penobscot River upstream from the Outlet from McKay Station

Upstream from McKay Station and the Gorge

Entrance to McKay Station

Entrance to McKay Station

Outlet from McKay Station on the West Branch of the Penobscot River

Outlet from McKay Station

History of McKay on the Tunnel Door

History of McKay Station Posted on Door to the Tunnel






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