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Maine

Maine is the most sparsely populated state east of the Mississippi River. It is called the Pine Tree State and nearly 90% of its land is forested. In the forested areas of the interior lies uninhabited land, some of which does not have a formal political organization -- a rarity in New England. The Northwest Aroostook, Maine Unorganized Territory in the northern part of the state, for example, has an area of 2,668 square miles (6,910 km2) and a population of 27, or one person for every 100 square miles (260 km2).

Maine has almost 230 miles (400 km) miles of coastline, 3,500 miles (5,600 km) of tidal coastline, and over 30 state parks.

Bill Caldwell, one of Maine's favorite journalists, once wrote, "The weather out there changes every day. And every day I enjoy it more. If you like weather, you love Maine. In one day Maine can get up to five kinds of weather. In one year, we get 10 seasons."

So although the weather may be changeable, it's never boring. While winters are long, there are many days that are cloud-free and brilliant. Also good news is that the climate along the coastal region, which extends inland for about 20 miles, is moderated by the Atlantic ocean which makes for milder winters and cooler summers. 

Maine has the traditional form of New England government -- home rule -- said to be the only existing type of "pure" democracy. This means that state government has relatively little power, and that the town and cities make all their major decisions by citizen vote through the vehicle of annual town meetings, usually held in March. In many of Maine's 450 smaller towns and plantations, this is one of the major social events of the year, usually with refreshments and, more often than not, a potluck dinner.

There are only a couple of dozen larger cities that are ruled by city councils, although more towns are beginning to elect some officials and are hiring professionals to manage their day-to-day business.

Maine's agriculture outputs include poultry, eggs, dairy products, cattle, apples, maple syrup, potatoes and wild blueberries. In fact, the state produces 25% of all blueberries in North America, making it the largest blueberry producer in the world. Fishing once a mainstay of the state's economy, maintains a presence, particularly lobstering and groundfishing. Western Maine aquifers and springs are a major source of bottled water.

Maine's industrial outputs consist chiefly of paper, lumber and wood products, electronic equipment, leather products, food products, textiles, and biotechnology. Naval shipbuilding and construction remain also in Maine and serves as a large support base for the U.S. Navy.

Water Bodies

  • 25 Mile Stream
  • 3 Mile Pond
  • Allagash River
  • Alligator Lake
  • Ambajejus Lake
  • Androscoggin Lake
  • Androscoggin River
  • Annabessacook Lake
  • Arnold Pond
  • Aroostook River
  • Aroostook River
  • Atlantic Ocean - Atkins Bay
  • Atlantic Ocean - Boothbay Harbor
  • Atlantic Ocean - Cape Split Harbor
  • Atlantic Ocean - Chandler Bay
  • Atlantic Ocean - Chandler River
  • Atlantic Ocean - Cobscook Bay
  • Atlantic Ocean - Dyer Bay
  • Atlantic Ocean - East Bay
  • Atlantic Ocean - Eggemoggin Reach
  • Atlantic Ocean - Englishman Bay
  • Atlantic Ocean - Frenchmans Bay
  • Atlantic Ocean - Great Wass Island
  • Atlantic Ocean - Harrington Bay
  • Atlantic Ocean - Holmes Bay
  • Atlantic Ocean - Johnson Bay
  • Atlantic Ocean - Little Kennebec Bay
  • Atlantic Ocean - Little Machias Bay
  • Atlantic Ocean - Machias Bay
  • Atlantic Ocean - Morang Cove
  • Atlantic Ocean - Ocean Loon Point
  • Atlantic Ocean - Passamaquoddy Bay
  • Atlantic Ocean - Pennamaquan Bay
  • Atlantic Ocean - Penobscot Bay
  • Atlantic Ocean - Pigeon Hill Bay
  • Atlantic Ocean - Pleasant Bay
  • Atlantic Ocean - Popham Beach
  • Atlantic Ocean - Saco Bay
  • Atlantic Ocean - Sanford Cove
  • Atlantic Ocean - South Bay
  • Atlantic Ocean - Tenny & Great Cove
  • Atlantic Ocean - Whiting Bay
  • Atlantic Ocean - Wohoa Bay
  • Atlantic Ocean - York Harbor
  • Austin Stream
  • Aziscohos Lake
  • Back Pond - Five Kezar Ponds
  • Back River
  • Balch Lake
  • Barkers Pond
  • Barrow Lake
  • Bauneg Beg Pond Lake
  • Bear Lake
  • Bear Pond
  • Beaver Mountain Lake
  • Beaver Pond
  • Beddington Lake
  • Beech Hill Pond
  • Belgrade Stream
  • Big Greenwood Pond
  • Big Indian Lake
  • Big Indian Pond
  • Big Lake
  • Big Wood Lake
  • Biscay Pond
  • Black Brook Pond
  • Black Hill Pond
  • Black Lake
  • Black Pond
  • Black Stream
  • Bog Brook
  • Bog Lake
  • Bog Lake
  • Bonny Eagle Lake
  • Bottle Lake
  • Boyden Lake
  • Boyden Lake
  • Boyden Stream
  • Branch Lake
  • Brandy Pond
  • Brassua Lake
  • Brettuns Pond
  • Brewer Lake
  • Bryant Pond
  • Bucks Harbor
  • Burnt Pond
  • Cains Pond
  • Cambolasse Pond
  • Canton Lake
  • Caribou Pond
  • Carrabassett River
  • Carrabassett Stream
  • Casco Bay
  • Cathance Lake
  • Cedar Lake
  • Center Pond
  • Chamberlain Lake
  • Chase Lake
  • Chauncey Creek
  • Chemo Pond
  • Chesuncook Lake
  • Chesuncook Lake
  • Chickawaukie Lake
  • China Lake
  • Chiputneticook Lakes
  • Chute River
  • Clearwater Pond
  • Clemons Pond
  • Clifford Lake
  • Cobbossee Lake
  • Cobbosseecontee Lake
  • Cobbosseecontee Stream
  • Cobscook Bay - Hersey Cove
  • Cochnewagon Lake
  • Coffee Pond
  • Cold River
  • Cold Stream Pond
  • Conroy Lake
  • Crawford Lake
  • Crawford Pond
  • Crescent Lake
  • Crooked River
  • Crystal Lake
  • Cupsuptic Lake
  • Cupsuptic River
  • Daigle Pond
  • Damariscotta Lake
  • Damariscotta River
  • David Pond
  • Davis Pond
  • Dead River
  • Deep Creek Lake
  • Deering Lake
  • Dennys River
  • Desert Pond
  • Dexter Pond
  • Dodge Pond
  • Drake Lake
  • Duck Lake
  • Eagle Lake
  • East Branch Wesserunsett Stream
  • East Grand Lake
  • East Machias River
  • East Musquash Lake
  • East Pond
  • East Pond Lake
  • Eastern River
  • Echo Lake - Arroostook County
  • Echo Lake - Kennebec County
  • Echo Lake - Penobscot County
  • Egg Pond
  • Ellis River
  • Elm Pond
  • Embden Pond
  • Eskutassis Pond
  • Estes Lake
  • Fahi Pond
  • Fifteen Mile Stream
  • Filibrown Stream
  • Flagstaff Lake
  • Flanders Pond
  • Flying Pond
  • Folsom Pond
  • Fore River
  • Forest Lake
  • Fulton Lake
  • Gammon Pond
  • Gardner Lake
  • Goose Pond
  • Goulding Lake
  • Grace Pond
  • Graham Lake
  • Graham Lake
  • Grand Falls Flowage
  • Grand Lake
  • Grand Lake Matagamon
  • Grand Lake Stream
  • Granny Kent Pond
  • Great East Lake
  • Great East Lake
  • Great Moose Lake
  • Great Pond
  • Great Pond
  • Great Pond Stream
  • Great Works River
  • Green Brook Lake
  • Green Lake
  • Green Pond
  • Gull Pond
  • Hadley Lake
  • Hales Pond
  • Haley Pond
  • Hamilton Pond
  • Hancock Pond
  • Hicks Pond
  • Highland Lake - Bridgton
  • Highland Lake - Windham
  • Hilton Brook
  • Hobbs Pond
  • Holden Pond
  • Horseshoe Lake - Penobscot County
  • Horseshoe Pond - Franklin County
  • Horseshoe Pond - Kennebec County
  • Hot Brook Lake
  • Hound Brook Lake
  • Howard Lake
  • Howard Pond
  • Huntley Brook
  • Indian Lake
  • Indian Pond
  • Ironbound Pond
  • Island Pond
  • Jewett Pond
  • Jordan Pond
  • Jug Stream
  • Junior Lake
  • Kenduskeag Stream
  • Kennebago Lake
  • Kennebec River
  • Kennebunk Pond
  • Kennebunk River
  • Keoka Lake
  • Kezar Pond
  • Kimball Pond
  • Kingsbury Pond
  • Lake Arrowhead
  • Lake Balch
  • Lake George
  • Lake Highland - Falmouth
  • Lake Keewaydin
  • Lake Kezar
  • Lake Moxie
  • Lake Sebasticook
  • Lake Sherburne
  • Lake St. George
  • Lake Umbagog
  • Lake Wassookeag
  • Lake Wesserunsett
  • Leech Brook
  • Lemon Stream
  • Little Androscoggin River
  • Little Bear Pond
  • Little Burnt Pond
  • Little Duck Pond
  • Little Narrows Lake
  • Little Norridgewock Stream
  • Little North Pond
  • Little Ossipee Pond
  • Little Pond
  • Little Purgatory Pond
  • Little Pushaw Pond
  • Little River
  • Little River Cove
  • Little Seavey Lake
  • Little Sebago Lake
  • Locke Pond
  • Long Lake
  • Long Lake - Aroostook County
  • Long Lake - Cumberland County
  • Long Lake - Lewy Lake
  • Long Pond - Kennebec County
  • Long Pond - Penobscot County
  • Loon Lake
  • Loon Pond
  • Love Lake
  • Lovejoy Pond
  • Lovewell Pond
  • Lowell Lake
  • Lower Lead Mountain Pond
  • Lower Oxbrook Lake
  • Lower Patten Pond
  • Lower Pug Lake
  • Lower Shin Pond
  • Lower Sysladobsis Lake
  • Lower Wilson Pond
  • Machias River
  • Machias River
  • Mad River
  • Madagascal Pond
  • Magalloway River
  • Magalloway River
  • Maranacook Lake
  • Marsh Stream
  • Martin Stream
  • Mattakeunk Stream
  • Mattanawcook Lake
  • Mattaseunk Lake
  • Mattawamkeag Lake
  • Mattawamkeag River
  • McGrath Pond
  • McWain Pond
  • Meddybemps Lake
  • Medunkeunk Stream
  • Meduxnekeag River
  • Messalonskee Lake
  • Messalonskee Stream
  • Middle Range Pond
  • Mill Stream
  • Mill Stream
  • Millinocket Lake
  • Milton Pond
  • Minnehonk Lake
  • Mirror Lake
  • Mirror Pond
  • Mitchell Pond
  • Molunkus Lake
  • Molunkus Stream
  • Monson Pond
  • Moose Brook
  • Moose Pond
  • Moose River
  • Moosehead Lake
  • Moosehead Lake
  • Moosehorn Brook
  • Mooselookmeguntic Lake
  • Mooselookmeguntic Lake
  • Morrill Pond
  • Mosher Pond
  • Mousam Lake
  • Mousam River
  • Moxie Pond
  • Mt. Blue Pond
  • Narraguagus River
  • Narraguagus River
  • Nashs Lake
  • New Meadows River
  • Nicatous Lake
  • Nichols Pond
  • Nonesuch River
  • North Pond
  • North Twin Lake
  • Northeast Pond
  • Norway Lake
  • Notched Pond
  • Nubble Pond
  • Number 3 Pond
  • Oak Pond
  • Old Falls Pond
  • Orange Lake
  • Otter Pond
  • Panther Pond
  • Papoose Pond
  • Parker Pond
  • Parmachenee Lake
  • Passagassawakeag River
  • Pattees Pond
  • Patten Pond
  • Peabody Pond
  • Peep Lake
  • Pemadumcook Chain of Lakes
  • Pemaquid Pond
  • Pennamaquan Lake
  • Penneseewasee Lake
  • Penobscot Bay
  • Penobscot River
  • Pequawket Lake
  • Pettingil Pond
  • Phillips Lake
  • Pickeral Pond - Cumberland County
  • Pickerel Pond - York County
  • Pine Springs Lake
  • Piper Pond
  • Piscataquis River
  • Piscataquis River
  • Pleasant Lake
  • Pleasant Pond
  • Pleasant River
  • Plunkett Pond
  • Pocasset Lake
  • Pocomoonshine Lake
  • Portage Lake
  • Porter Lake
  • Presumpscot River
  • Presumscott River
  • Pushaw Lake
  • Quantabacook Lake
  • Quimby Pond
  • Rangeley Lake
  • Rangeley Lake
  • Rangeley River
  • Rapid River
  • Raymond Pond
  • Richardson Lake
  • Ripley Pond
  • Ripogenus Lake
  • Rock Haven Lake
  • Rocky Pond
  • Ross Pond
  • Round Pond - Franklin County
  • Round Pond - Oxford County
  • Royal River
  • Sabattus Pond
  • Sabbathday Lake
  • Saco RiverLake
  • Saddleback Lake
  • Safford Pond
  • Salmon Falls River
  • Salmon Lake / Ellis Pond
  • Sand Pond
  • Sand Pond - Kennebec County
  • Sand Pond - Oxford County
  • Sandy Pond - Somerset County
  • Sandy River - Franklin County
  • Sandy River - Kennebec County
  • Sandy River - Somerset County
  • Saponac Pond
  • Saturday Pond
  • Scarborough River
  • Schoodic Lake
  • Sebago Cove
  • Sebago Lake
  • Sebago Lake
  • Sebasticook Lake
  • Sebasticook River
  • Sebasticook River
  • Sebec Lake
  • Second Davis Pond
  • Second Gardners Lake
  • Second Lake
  • Sennebec Lake
  • Serpentine Stream - East Pond
  • Shaker Pond
  • Sheepscot Lake
  • Sheepscot Pond
  • Sheepscot River
  • Shepards River
  • Sibley Pond
  • Silver Lake
  • Six Mile Lake
  • Smith Pond
  • Sokokis Lake
  • Songo Pond
  • Songo River
  • South Pond
  • South Twin Lake
  • South Twin Lake
  • Spaulding Lake - Aroostook County
  • Spaulding Pond
  • Spectacle Pond
  • Spednic Lake
  • Sprague River
  • Spring Brook Pond
  • Springy Pond
  • Spruce Creek
  • Spurwink River
  • Square Lake
  • Square Pond
  • St Froid Lake
  • St. Croix River
  • St. Croix River
  • St. Francis River
  • St. George River
  • St. John River
  • St. John River
  • Stanley Pond
  • Stearns Pond
  • Sticky River
  • Stroudwater River
  • Sturgeon Creek
  • Sunday River
  • Swan Lake
  • Swan Lake - York County
  • Sysladobsis Lake
  • Taylor Pond
  • Tea Pond
  • The Heath
  • Thomas Pond
  • Thompson Lake
  • Thompson Lake - The Heath
  • Threecornered Pond
  • Tilton Pond
  • Toddy Pond
  • Togus Pond
  • Togus Stream
  • Tolman Pond
  • Torsey Lake
  • Trickey Pond
  • Tripp Lake
  • Umbagog Lake
  • Umcolcus Stream
  • Union River
  • Union River Bay
  • Unity Pond
  • Upper Cold Stream Pond
  • Upper Cranberry Lake
  • Upper Hot Brook Lake
  • Upper Lead Mountain Pond
  • Upper Narrows Pond
  • Upper Pond
  • Upper Pug Lake
  • Upper Range Pond
  • Upper Sabao Lake
  • Upper Shin Pond
  • Upper Sysladobsis Lake
  • Wadleigh Pond
  • Wadley Pond
  • Walden Pond
  • Wards Pond
  • Washburn Pond
  • Watchic Lake
  • Watson Pond
  • Webb Cove Pond
  • Webber Pond
  • Webhannet River
  • Weir Pond
  • Wesserunset Stream
  • Wesserunsett Lake
  • West Grand Lake
  • West Lake
  • West Musquash Lake
  • West Pond - York County
  • West Richardson Pond
  • Western Lake
  • Whiting Bay - Atlantic Ocean
  • Whitney Pond
  • Whittier Pond
  • Wilson Lake
  • Wilson Pond
  • Winniecook / Unity Lake
  • Woodbury Pond
  • Woods Pond
  • Worthley Pond
  • Wyman Lake
  • Wytopitlock Lake
  • York River

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