Fish Ladder Construction Video

Fish & Ladders.

In 2014, the Nequasset Fish Ladder was rebuilt and restored to make the annual migration of alewives into Nequasset Lake possible for many years to come. The Bath Water District, the Town of Woolwich, the Woolwich Fish Commission, the Woolwich Historical Society, and the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust worked together to rally community support, funding, and expertise.

The fish ladder makes it possible for alewives, fish that are key part of the foundation of the food chain in the Gulf of Maine, to reach Nequasset Lake to spawn. The fish that spawn at Nequasset Lake have supported an historic alewife fishery at the Nequasset Dam site for hundreds of years. Both the ladder and dam are important to the town’s infrastructure and culture.

Ruth Indrick