SEARSMONT — Georges River Trout Unlimited (GRTU) and the Quantabacook Dam owner invite the public to celebrate the return of the alewives to Quantabacook Lake, Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event will take place at 185 Pond Road (off of the New England Road) in Searsmont.
The public is invited to take a short walk to the dam to watch the alewives return to their historical spawning grounds in Quantabacook Lake.
GRTU and the dam owner are collaborating to improve seasonal fish passage at the outlet of Quantabacook Lake. This local conservation project has been identified as having potential to substantially impact local fisheries by restoring the historic migration of sea run fish to Quantabacook Lake, according to GRTU, in a news release.
GRTU and the dam owner are currently working in partnership with the Department of Maine Resources and US Fish & Wildlife to gather data to help direct future efforts. Presently when water levels drop, particularly in the late summer or fall, alewives in the lake cannot migrate back downstream.
This site is on a working farm, so no dogs are allowed.
For paddlers, the site can also be accessed by canoe or kayak by paddling approximately 1 mile upstream on Bartlett Stream from the parking area in Searsmont village.
Learn more about this upcoming conservation project, how to get involved, and to see first-hand the fishery the project hopes to preserve.
Trout Unlimited (TU) is a nonprofit organization with a mission dedicated to conserve, protect and restore North America's cold water fisheries and their watersheds.
GRTU is the local chapter of TU.