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Dams, Waterfalls, and Millponds in Downtown Camden: The Treasures of the Megunticook River

Image of the falls of the endangered Montgomery Dam on the Megunticook River where our walk would end

The Megunticook River is a very short, very steep stream in Camden, Maine. At one time there were ten or more active mills and dam sites on the stream. The town of Camden was settled and grew on the Megunticook River because of the water power for its businesses and industries. The walking group will be visiting three or four of the remaining dam sites. They show a dramatic waterfall at each site. This walk will be hosted by members of the Save the Dam Falls committee

There is an ongoing debate about the future of these dams and their waterfalls and millponds, particularly the spectacular Montgomery Falls at the head of the harbor. Depending on the outcome of a town proposal, this could be your last chance to visit the Knowlton Street waterfall, the Knox Mill dam, and the Montgomery Dam and waterfall. These treasures mean a great deal to the citizens of Camden. Camden’s industrial history, as well as the beauty of the Megunticook River as it courses through downtown Camden, will be on display. The walk leaders will be prepared in the historical, environmental, and engineering aspects of the river. Most of the walk area will be wheelchair-accessible and parts of the walk will be near refreshment sources.

Please note that there will be two separate “Jane’s Walks” on May 4. The morning walk will be hosted by Camden’s Historic Resources Committee to launch their new Chestnut Street Historic District Walking Map. That group will meet at 10:00 am at the Village Green. The afternoon group will meet at 2:00 pm at the foot of Knowlton Street and visit sites on the Megunticook River.

Accessibility:

A potential early part of the planned tour could be a walk to a beaver dam upriver from the Knowlton Dam along an occasionally rough (depending on weather) walking trail. Almost all of the rest of the walk would be along well-paved sidewalks. Parking is available at both the beginning and end of the walk, and rides can be provided to the start.

Starting Location:

The parking lot off Knowlton St., near the Knolwton Street Dam.

Ending Location:

The Camden Deli, a popular dining and gathering place in Camden which has large bay windows looking out over the endangered Montgomery Dam and its waterfalls that pour down into scenic Camden Harbor.
Camden Deli Restaurant, 37 Main Street
Camden, Maine 04843

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

Learn more about SDGs

  • 04 - Quality Educacation
  • 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • 13 - Climate Action

May 4, 2024 / 2:00 PM

Led by: Bernice Berger
Duration: 90 minutes
City/Town: Camden
County: Knox
Language(s): English