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The central Maine community of Dexter, located in Penobscot County, is situated in a small

valley along Route 7 that runs north from the intersection of Route 95 in Newport and continues

toward the Dover-Foxcroft and Moosehead Lake Region.


Dexter Maine was incorporated in 1816 and Maine becomes the 23rd state in 1820. 

The Town has a population of approximately 3815 +/- {according to the 2020 US Census}

year round residents and is conveniently located; transit time to either Bangor or Waterville

in a little less than an hour, or you can be in Portland in about 2 hours.

                                                                    The community is centered around the 1,170 acre Lake Wassookeag, which                                                                                  provides the primary water source for the Town’s water system as well as a variety                                                                        of recreational opportunities. The lake level of Wassookeag is 433 feet above mean                                                                      sea level, the highest elevation in town (from looking at the USGS topo map) is                                                                              about 810′ –located off of the Pleasant Ridge Road in northern Dexter. The village                                                                        elevation drops from the dam very slowly down to Fayscott Bog- most of the                                                                                  buildings are 400′ and above.



Dexter also has a great nine-hole municipal golf course and driving range, a public beach and picnic areas, plus boasts one of Maine’s best small municipal regional airport’s which offers 3,000 feet of lighted paved runway. Additionally, snowmobiling, fishing, water sports, and hunting are all popular recreational activities associated with the area. Dexter also has many clubs and organizations that are very active in the community. The immediate area has ample housing available, providing offerings in both the rural and urban environment.


The Town functions under a Council / Manager form of government, headed by a seven-member

Town Council. Municipal services include a public works department, water and sewer district,

police department, ambulance service, fire department, cemeteries, public library and an active

Economic Development Corporation with many residents volunteering to sit on numerous

committees. The school system includes a high school, middle school and elementary school,

all of which are part of School Administrative District AOS 94. The Town also runs a highly

lauded recreation program, which has year-round activities for all ages.



If you see any incorrect information, please email the correct information to the Town Manager at

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Welcome to Dexter, Maine!

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