South Branch Dead River
CountryUnited States
Physical characteristics
 • locationMaine
 • elevation1,750 feet (530 m)
 • location
Flagstaff Lake
 • coordinates
45°09′06″N 70°26′38″W / 45.1517°N 70.4440°W / 45.1517; -70.4440 (South Branch Dead River)
 • elevation
1,145 feet (350 m)
Length26 miles (42 km)
Basin features
ProgressionFlagstaff LakeDead RiverKennebec River

The South Branch Dead River is a 26.3-mile-long (42.3 km)[1] tributary of the Dead River in Franklin County, Maine.

From the outflow of Saddleback Lake (44°58′30″N 70°33′18″W / 44.9750°N 70.5550°W / 44.9750; -70.5550 (South Branch Dead River source)) below Saddleback Mountain, the river runs northeast to Eustis, where its confluence with the North Branch of the Dead River was drowned by the impoundment of Flagstaff Lake in 1950.

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) is a 740-mile (1,190 km) marked canoeing route extending from Old Forge, New York to Fort Kent, Maine. From a four-mile portage between Rangeley on Rangeley Lake and Dallas Plantation on the South Branch, the trail runs about 35 miles (60 km) down the South Branch, Flagstaff Lake, and the Dead River, to the mouth of Spencer Stream below Grand Falls.

See also


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed June 30, 2011