Closeup of the Kenduskeag in Bangor, where it flows into the Penobscot River
The Kenduskeag Stream at Bangor

Kenduskeag Stream is a 36.2-mile (58.3 km)[1] stream in the U.S. state of Maine. It is a tributary of the Penobscot River. The stream rises at the outlet of Garland Pond in the town of Garland, and flows southeast through Corinth, Kenduskeag, and Glenburn, before it reaches the city of Bangor. Passing through downtown Bangor, the stream drops 100 feet (30 m) in 2 miles (3 km), flowing into the Penobscot between the two downtown bridges across the larger river.[2] Kenduskeag means "eel weir place" in Penobscot.[3]


Kenduskeag Stream plays an important role in the fictional town of Derry, Maine, in the works of Stephen King.

In 1984, Charlie Howard, victim of a hate-crime, was harassed and assaulted by homophobic teenagers who then threw him over the State Bridge into the Kenduskeag Stream, and Howard died by drowning.

In 2018, Peter Manuel of Bangor also died by drowning in the stream.[4]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-03-29 at the Wayback Machine, accessed June 22, 2011
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey, 1:100,000-scale topographic maps: Dover-Foxcroft, Skowhegan, Bangor.
  3. ^ John C. Huden, Indian Place Names of New England (New York: Museum of the American Indian, 1962), 78.
  4. ^ "Body found in Penobscot River last month ID'd as man who fell through ice in March". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 12 December 2021.

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