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Upper West Branch The Upper West Branch and Lobster Lake area offer pleasant canoeing and camping. Canoeing groups usually put in at Roll Dam Campsite Pe- nobscot Farm or Lobster Lake. It is a leisurely three day trip to Umba- zooksus Stream or five to seven day trip to the take out at the former site of Chesuncook Dam. Paddlers encounter quick water only from Big Is- land to Little Ragmuff and at very low water Rocky Rips. Lobster Lake is a popular camping spot for canoeing and fishing groups. Groups us- ing Lobster Lake should be aware that high winds can cause dangerous waves. Caution is recommended in the use of small watercraft. Chesuncook Lake Chesuncook Lake is the third largest lake in the state with a flowage length of 29 miles. High winds can cause dangerous waves. Be careful. Chesuncook Village is a popular stopping spot for canoe groups. In by- gone days the village had over 100 year-round residents a school post office stores church hotel boarding house and an organized town gov- ernment. Today the village boasts two sporting camps a modest store several seasonal camps and a church that has Sunday services during June July and August. Lower West Branch The Lower West Branch offers easy access for camping and fishing groups. The Golden Road is a primary land management road used for the transportation of forest products and runs parallel to the river for 10 miles from Abol to Ripogenus Dam. Ripogenus Dam to Big Eddy contains very severe rapids runable only by an experienced team in a whitewa- ter craft. It is recommended that groups wishing to run the Lower West Branch make arrangements with a whitewater rafting company. 22 www.northmainewoods.org Big Eddy to Ambejejus is mixed flat water and rapids with several falls and stretches of heavy rapids. Canoe groups who wish to run the Low- er West Branch should be experienced and use extreme caution due to the many rapids and falls. Several portages are also required. Refer to the AMC Canoe Guide. Campsites Camping is allowed only at sites designated by the Bureau of Parks and Lands. All sites are primitive many accessible only by watercraft. All sites have a fire ring table and outhouse. Fire permits are not re- quired however fires must be contained in fireplaces provided fire pans or portable stoves. Visitors are limited to no more than 7 con- secutive nights. The Bureau of Parks and Lands may authorize an extension on a day to day basis. Tents or other equipment cannot be left unoccupied on any site more than one night and sites must be va- cated by noon on the last day of the permit. If you are not interested in primitive camping there are commercial campgrounds and camps in the West Branch area. Camping Fees Under 10 years of age is free. 8.00 per night per per- son for residents. 12.00 per night per person for non-residents. Plus a 9 lodging tax. Organized Groups Groups of more than 30 people are prohibited. Groups of more than 12 people are restricted to using designated group campsites. Group campsites are marked by a on the map. Trip leaders of boys and girls camps licensed by the Department of Human Services are re- quired by law to obtain a permit from the Department of Inland Fish- eries and Wildlife in advance of the trip. Penobscot RiverPenobscot RiverLeisurely Flat Water Exciting Rapids Comfortable Campsites