Free flowing rivers

Hundreds of years ago, before the first European settlers came to Maine, the region looked very different. Towering white pines dominated the landscape; free-flowing rivers roared their way through forested inland reaches and out to the Gulf of Maine. And a dozen species of native sea-run fish migrated up Maine’s rivers every year. Atlantic salmon, American shad, striped bass, alewives, rainbow smelt and blueback herring were all among the fish that moved upriver in abundant numbers from saltwater to freshwater spawning and rearing habitat. Read more at