The Smelt Hill Dam was Maine’s earliest commercial dam (built in 1735) and one of 9 total along the Presumpscot River. In 2005, the Open Rivers program funded the removal of the dam and restoration of the immediate area, once again allowing various species of fish and wildlife to utilize the river as nature intended.
Here’s a shot of the work being done in 2005 to remove the dam.
And, here’s a shot from 2010, from about the same spot.
Once again, the Presumpscot Falls dump out into Casco Bay and provide some really excellent fishing grounds for dozens of cormorants.
I’ve been trying to do several trails a week since Spring has officially broken in Maine. My little one really enjoys all the wildlife, and I enjoy the ease with which we can access these 25 different trail locations throughout Portland, Maine.
Here’s a shot of our favorite turtle sitting log at the rear of Evergreen Cemetery.
The Portland Trails Association not only maintains in excess of 50 miles of urban trails, as well as thousands of acres of trusted land and encourages some full-on, people-powered recreation, but they also maintain and operate one of the best city parks websites out there; easy to use, excellent UI, and top shelf information presentation.