Big News! The Lower Fish Ladder opens to the public on Tuesday, June 2
Due to changes in state policy, the fish ladder will be open to the public beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2. We are excited to share this year’s great fish run, which will last for at least another week and probably for two more weeks. To take advantage of this awesome opportunity to see Damariscotta Mills alewives as they make their way up the beautiful stone fish ladder, please, please, please, for safety’s sake, don’t visit if you are sick! And observe the 6-foot social distance we have all learned to live with…and wear a mask! To date, Covid has not gained a firm foothold in Lincoln County. Let’s all work to make sure it doesn’t….while we enjoy this wonderful rite of spring and ritual of renewal: watching alewives, up close and personal. Enjoy everyone!
We have a lot of fish—get your bait now!
Harvesting starts Monday, May 18
We will begin harvesting on Monday (May 18) at 5am. Harvesting will continue weekdays at 5am and 3pm. Depending on the tide, harvesting may also take place midday. Call fish agent Mark Becker at 207-380-7996 for more information. Please note: precautions will be taken for Covid 19. The fish ladder is still closed to the public. Only harvesters and lobstermen are allowed during the harvest.
The Little Fish that Could
During the past two decades, a cast of thousands has collaborated to bring millions of alewives back to Maine’s streams and rivers. Read the feature article by Philip Conkling in the April issue of Maine. magazine.
Help Us “Bridge the Gap!”
This viewing spot over the Fish Ladder never gets old, but the bridge has seen better days. Engineering studies are underway and we are asking you to partner with us to raise the funds needed to build a replacement.