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South Branch Dead River
Country United States
Physical characteristics
Main source Maine
1,750 feet (530 m)
River mouth Flagstaff Lake
1,145 feet (350 m)
45°09′06″N 70°26′38″W / 45.1517°N 70.4440°W / 45.1517; -70.4440 (South Branch Dead River)
Length 26 miles (42 km)
Basin features
Progression Flagstaff LakeDead RiverKennebec River

The South Branch Dead River is a 26.3-mile-long (42.3 km) tributary of the Dead River in Franklin County, Maine.

From the outflow of Saddleback Lake (44°58′30″N 70°33′18″W / 44.9750°N 70.5550°W / 44.9750; -70.5550 (South Branch Dead River source)) below Saddleback Mountain, the river runs northeast to Eustis, where its confluence with the North Branch of the Dead River was drowned by the impoundment of Flagstaff Lake in 1950.

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) is a 740-mile (1,190 km) marked canoeing route extending from Old Forge, New York to Fort Kent, Maine. From a four-mile portage between Rangeley on Rangeley Lake and Dallas Plantation on the South Branch, the trail runs about 35 miles (60 km) down the South Branch, Flagstaff Lake, and the Dead River, to the mouth of Spencer Stream below Grand Falls.

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