Camden Maine is famous for being "Where the Mountains Meet the Sea". But it's also famous for being "Where the River Meets the Sea", specifically the Megunticook River which cascades over the rocks at the head of Camden Harbor creating a spectacular waterfall,...
By Barbara Dyer
The Megunticook River has been an important part of Camden for hundreds of years. It has made the town successful by historically providing power for many industries as well as providing amazing recreational areas, waterfalls and dams along its 142 foot drop to the sea culminating into a spectacular pair of falls plunging into the ocean right beside Camden Harbor Park. The river and falls are still supporting the town by making Camden an amazing destination as a unique place to live or visit.
Unfortunately this local treasure may soon be in peril!
Montgomery Dam is perhaps Camden’s most venerable senior citizen. According to the Interfluve report, recently completed for the town, its first iteration occurred in 1771, the same year the town of Camden was incorporated. This was 49 years before Maine became a state, five years before the Declaration of Independence and 17 years before the U.S. Constitution was passed. George Washington was only 39 years old.
The dam, known as the Montgomery Dam, at the head of the harbor in Camden Maine, has been in place since the 1700's. A very strong effort from the Camden Select Board and Town Manager has been underway to remove that dam, with very little input allowed from Camden...
By Barbara Dyer, local historian—This is the second part of the history of the Megunticook River, in Camden Maine.
The Megunticook River, its mills and its waterfalls have been the lifeblood and heart of Camden for over 200 years and give Camden an amazing irreplaceable uniqueness as Camden is becoming a destination city.