Musquacook Stream
Physical characteristics
Length25 miles (40 km)[1]
Discharge 
 • locationMusquacook Deadwater
Basin features
ProgressionAllagash River
River systemSaint John River
Tributaries 
 • rightLittle Musquacook Stream
Robbins Brook[1]
First Musquacook Lake
First Musquacook Lake is located in Maine
First Musquacook Lake
First Musquacook Lake
Coordinates46°40′N 69°11′W / 46.667°N 69.183°W / 46.667; -69.183[2]
Max. length3 mi (4.8 km)[1]
Surface area644 acres (261 ha)[3]
Max. depth48 feet (15 m)[4]
Water volume12,160 acre⋅ft (15,000,000 m3)[3]
Surface elevation1,066 ft (325 m)[2]
Second Musquacook Lake
Second Musquacook Lake is located in Maine
Second Musquacook Lake
Second Musquacook Lake
Coordinates46°38′N 69°10′W / 46.633°N 69.167°W / 46.633; -69.167[5]
Max. length3 mi (4.8 km)[1]
Surface area758 acres (307 ha)[3]
Max. depth62 feet (19 m)[6]
Water volume21,391 acre⋅ft (26,385,000 m3)[3]
Surface elevation1,066 ft (325 m)[5]
Third Musquacook Lake
Third Musquacook Lake is located in Maine
Third Musquacook Lake
Third Musquacook Lake
Coordinates46°36′N 69°09′W / 46.600°N 69.150°W / 46.600; -69.150[7]
Max. length1.4 mi (2.3 km)[1]
Surface area390 acres (160 ha)[3]
Max. depth64 feet (20 m)[8]
Water volume8,735 acre⋅ft (10,774,000 m3)[3]
Surface elevation1,096 ft (334 m)[7]
Fourth Musquacook Lake
Fourth Musquacook Lake is located in Maine
Fourth Musquacook Lake
Fourth Musquacook Lake
Coordinates46°34′N 69°09′W / 46.567°N 69.150°W / 46.567; -69.150[9]
Max. length3 mi (4.8 km)[1]
Surface area729 acres (295 ha)[3]
Max. depth40 feet (12 m)[10]
Water volume12,114 acre⋅ft (14,942,000 m3)[3]
Surface elevation1,119 ft (341 m)[9]
Fifth Musquacook Lake
Fifth Musquacook Lake is located in Maine
Fifth Musquacook Lake
Fifth Musquacook Lake
Coordinates46°33′N 69°06′W / 46.550°N 69.100°W / 46.550; -69.100[11]
Max. length2 mi (3.2 km)[1]
Surface area436 acres (176 ha)[3]
Max. depth5 feet (1.5 m)[12]
Water volume921 acre⋅ft (1,136,000 m3)[3]
Surface elevation1,135 ft (346 m)[11]
Clear Lake
Clear Lake is located in Maine
Clear Lake
Clear Lake
Coordinates46°31′N 69°08′W / 46.517°N 69.133°W / 46.517; -69.133[13]
Max. length1.8 mi (2.9 km)[1]
Max. width1.5 mi (2.4 km)[1]
Surface area626 acres (253 ha)[3]
Max. depth86 feet (26 m)[14]
Water volume16,205 acre⋅ft (19,989,000 m3)[3]
Surface elevation1,194 ft (364 m)[13]

Musquacook Stream is a tributary to the Allagash River in the North Maine Woods. The stream originates in a chain of lakes in Maine range 11 townships 10, 11 and 12. The flow sequence is from Clear Lake through Fifth Musquacook Lake into Fourth Musquacook Lake in Piscataquis County; and from Fourth Musquacook Lake through Third Musquacook Lake, Second Musquacook Lake, and First Musquacook Lake into the Allagash River Musquacook Deadwater in Aroostook County.[1]

First Musquacook Lake

First Musquacook Lake is connected to Second Musquacook Lake by a short, broad thoroughfare which keeps both lakes at the same elevation. The first lake extends north from the thoroughfare to overflow into Musquacook Stream upstream of Horse Race Rapids. Searway Brook enters the east shore of the first lake.[1] Summer dissolved oxygen concentrations are marginal below the 7 metres (23 ft) thermocline, but lake trout and brook trout reach the first lake through the thoroughfare during cool weather.[4]

Second Musquacook Lake

Second Musquacook Lake is the largest of the chain, and supports populations of lake trout and brook trout.[6] Drainage from the third lake enters from the south while Squirrel Brook carries drainage from Squirrel Pond into the east end of the second lake, and Conner Brook and Hesse Brook enter the north end of the lake east of the thoroughfare which overflows to the first lake.[1]

Third Musquacook Lake

Third Musquacook Lake is the smallest of the chain. The third lake supports populations of lake trout and brook trout despite dissolved oxygen deficiencies below the late summer thermocline.[8] Drainage from the fourth lake enters the west end of the Third Musquacook Lake from the south; and the northwest corner of the third lake overflows into the second lake 1.3 miles (2.1 km) to the north. Drainage from Long Pond enters the east end of the third lake, and Halfway Brook discharges into Musquacook Stream halfway between the second and third lakes.[1]

Fourth Musquacook Lake

Drainage from the fifth lake enters the east end of Fourth Musquacook Lake; and the northwest end of the fourth lake overflows into the third lake 1 mile (1.6 km) to the north.[1] Hornpout and fallfish thrive in the fourth lake, and brook trout find refuge from warm summer temperatures where cool springs emerge into the lake.[10]

Fifth Musquacook Lake

Fifth Musquacook Lake is the shallowest of the chain. White sucker thrive in the lake.[12] Clear Lake drains into the south end of the 5th lake, and the north end of the 5th lake overflows into the 4th lake 600 yards (0.55 km) to the west.[1]

Clear Lake

Clear Lake is the deepest lake of the chain and provides good habitat for lake trout, brook trout, and lake whitefish.[14] The north end of Clear Lake overflows into Fifth Musquacook Lake 1 mile (1.6 km) to the north.[1]

Sources

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer (Thirteenth ed.). Freeport, Maine: DeLorme Mapping Company. 1988. pp. 56&62. ISBN 0-89933-035-5.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: First Musquacook Lake
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Maine Depts. of Environmental Protection and Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (2005-08-04). "Maine Lakes: Morphometry and Geographic Information". Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Environmental and Watershed Research, The University of Maine. Archived from the original on 2006-09-03. Retrieved 2008-07-31.
  4. ^ a b "First Musquacook Lake" (PDF). Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. State of Maine. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  5. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Second Musquacook Lake
  6. ^ a b "Second Musquacook Lake" (PDF). Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. State of Maine. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  7. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Third Musquacook Lake
  8. ^ a b "Third Musquacook Lake" (PDF). Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. State of Maine. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  9. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Fourth Musquacook Lake
  10. ^ a b "Fourth Musquacook Lake" (PDF). Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Game. State of Maine. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  11. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Fifth Musquacook Lake
  12. ^ a b "Fifth Musquacook Lake" (PDF). Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. State of Maine. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  13. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Clear Lake
  14. ^ a b "Clear Lake" (PDF). Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Game. State of Maine. Retrieved 21 May 2016.