I wasn’t questioning that every river and stream in Maine has sections prefaced with “____ Branch.” I’m pretty sure I couched my comment on the Kennebec to be from the perspective of a Masshole kayaker (I didn’t paddle when I lived in Maine, I started after moving to Boston).
But since you’ve kept this off tangent discussion going, I’m now curious about something. I have driven from the Kennebec at the Forks to the West Branch of the Penobscot in the area of the Ripogenus Gorge on logging roads to Greenville and then via Kokadjo more than a few times. At wjhat point on that trip do the locals stop being Kennebec men and become Penobscot men?
Thanks to Google, I also just learned that some paddler’s trivia about the spot where paddlers “take out” from the Kennebec Gorge is apparently not true. It’s called Carry Brook and the paddler story was that it was called that as Benedict Arnold portaged (aka “carried”) around the Kennebec Gorge there. I learned what I am sure you have known, that Arnold went up the Dead to Quebec and portaged the Dead at the Carrying Place" not the Kennebec at Carry Brook. I’m sure this new (to me) nugget is true, I just read it on the ineternet… The now debunked story I heard probably started with a raft guide (how do you know a raft guide is making something up…?)
I was also googling for a pic of one of my favorite spots on any river I have paddled (W. Br. Penobscot,bottom of Abol Falls looking upstream) and found an ancient picture of me in the Ripogenus Gorge (the little pic in the title banner here) I didn’t know was on the internet, that pic has to be at least 25 years old.