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Keswick Island Route, Keswick River

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Upper St. John River Valley Region


The headwaters of St. John River begin in northern Maine. When they reach New Brunswick they form the boundary between the US (Maine) and Canada (New Brunswick). If you are paddling this part of the river you will need to stay on the Canadian side. The upper portion of the river flows down the western edge of the province and is fed by the Madawaska River in Edmundston, the Tobique River in Perth-Andover, and the Meduxnekeag River in Woodstock to name a few. The St. John River is fairly wide and flat in this region and is interrupted by the Grand Falls Dam and Beechwood Dams.

This region also includes the Kedgwick River that flows north into the historic Restigouche River. The Restigouche flows north into Chaleur Bay in the City of Campbellton. On its way the river passes by many historic fishing camps like Larry's Gulch.


Store Upper St. John River Region


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