Welcome to historic Damariscotta Mills, Maine – home to one of Maine’s oldest and most productive alewife fisheries. The stone fish ladder that is the centerpiece of Damariscotta Mills was constructed in 1807 by the Towns of Nobleboro and Newcastle because, for nearly a century, mills blocked access for fish to the freshwater falls. In 2007, after two centuries of use, the fish ladder was in poor condition so a restoration project was initiated by a strong community group working with the Towns of Nobleboro and Newcastle and the Nobleboro Historical Society.
Upper pool from the alewives’ point of view. May, 2020
We’ve had a number of inquiries about if and when the Fish Ladder will open. That decision hasn’t been formally made yet. It’s likely that the Fish Ladder will be open, but please check back on this site about May 1. We’ll post an answer by then.
We are not optimistic about holding a festival at the usual time this year, but a road race combined with a small Fall festival are a possibility. BUT, the fish do not care about Covid and you can make plans to see them return! The alewives run during May 1-June 15, but most reliably from […]
Not to be missed – on Thursday, June 11 at noon, the Natural Resource Council of Maine will host a webinar called Maine’s Sea-Run Fish – Stories of Success. Deb Wilson will present slides showing the Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration and Nick Bennett of NRCM will look at other river herring runs in Maine, […]
WMTW New 8 report about the Fish Ladder