Temple Stream
CountryUnited States
CountyFranklin County
Physical characteristics
SourceJessie Pond
 • locationTemple, Maine
 • coordinates44°44′53″N 70°15′00″W / 44.748°N 70.250°W / 44.748; -70.250
MouthSandy River
 • location
West Farmington, Maine
 • coordinates
44°39′22″N 70°08′49″W / 44.656°N 70.147°W / 44.656; -70.147

Temple Stream is a small river in Franklin County, Maine, United States. It is located in the Kennebec River watershed.[1]

It is named for the town of Temple, Maine. Temple's Intervale Road runs along the stream's southern banks, while Cummings Hill Road crosses it, near it its intersection with Maple Street.

The stream is sourced from Jessie Pond, around 4.5 miles (7.2 km) north of Temple, and flows into Sandy River, just to the east of West Farmington.[2]

In 2022, the Walton's Mill Dam in Farmington was demolished, allowing Temple Stream to flow freely through Walton's Mill for the first time in 240 years.[3] The change was made to allow fish passage, in turn protecting the endangered Atlantic salmon, which have been spawning at the site.[1][4]

In 2005, Bill Roorbach published Temple Stream: A Rural Odyssey.[5] It is also frequently mentioned in A Soldier's Son: An American Boyhood During World War II (2006) by John E. Hodgkins.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Federal program will support Maine dam removal project to help salmon". Press Herald. Associated Press. 2021-07-22. Retrieved 2023-11-08.
  2. ^ Water Quality in Temple Stream, Farmington, Maine – Maine Department of Environmental Protection, April 2022
  3. ^ "Temple Stream flowing freely for first time in 240 years – Daily Bulldog". 2022-08-08. Retrieved 2023-11-08.
  4. ^ Revitalizing Temple Stream for the Farmington CommunityAtlantic Salmon Federation
  5. ^ admin_bm (2005-11-01). "A Review of: Temple Stream: A Rural Odyssey by Bill Roorbach". Believer Magazine. Retrieved 2023-11-08.