There's fewer places I'd rather be than on the water.

I grew up sailing on Sebago Lake. I went to summer camp along the shore of Spring Point in South Portland. If a friend had a pool, I was in it from sunup to sundown. And I have spent the last 13+ years trying to convince my wife to live on a boat in the Caribbean (one of these days it will work).

Considering my love of all things water, it should be no surprise that I also have a major love for this the state's incredible river system. I'm fascinated by it so much that I wanted to take a closer look at these unique and awe-inspiring natural wonders.

The state is covered with rivers flowing every which way, originating here in Maine, New Hampshire, and even Canada. According to Maine, An Encyclopedia, the state has 73 rivers that are longer than 20 miles. That's quite a number, considering the size of the state.

According to, Maine also has one of the largest river systems in the United States. In fact, the 10 largest Maine rivers are all 75 miles or longer.

Of course, this means there's thousands of miles of river just ready for fishing, canoeing, floating, swimming, rafting, and exploring from Kittery to Madawaska and everywhere in between.

With these impressive stats , I thought it would be fun to look at the longest rivers in Maine, where they are located, and how popular they are. Many are rivers that are very well-known, while one or two may surprise you.

Quick note: you will notice the Penobscot is split up between its branches. This was done because most references have them listed separately.

Look at Maine's 10 Longest Rivers

Maine is an outdoor wonderland, mainly due to its incredible terrain. One of those treasures is Maine's vast river system. In fact, its one of the more impressive ones in the country.

According to, Maine has one of the largest systems in the United States, with the top 10 rivers all being over 75 miles.

Here is that list, which includes many nationally-known rivers.

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