Chandler Mill Pond

 

Chandler Mill Pond in New Gloucester is one of the Royal River’s few headwater ponds. This 47 acre pond sits on a 117 acre forested parcel and has a hand-carry boat launch for water access. The pond is within walking distance of New Gloucester’s growing Upper Village, and just miles from the Auburn city limits. Chandler Mill Pond lacks residential development along its shoreline and immediate watershed, and supports a high quality trout fishery with free public access. The pond is very productive and has produced exceptional fishing for brook trout, including trout of noteworthy size. Since 2007 the pond has been exclusively managed for rainbow trout.

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Trails, Trailhead and Access

From New Gloucester Village head northwest on Intervale Road (Route 231) for 1.9 miles. Intervale Road turns into Bald Hill Road. Continue straight for 0.3 miles. Turn left on Shaker Road/Snow Hill Road for 1 mile. The turn off to Chandler Mill Pond will be on your left.

Conservation History and Stewardship

The long-time landowners transferred the parcel to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (DIFW) on March 22, 2016.  The parcel has thus become a state wildlife management area, managed for its exceptional fishery.  A portion of the appraised value of the parcel was donated; the remaining appraised value was paid for by DIFW using federal Dingell-Johnson Act sport fish restoration and boat access funds.  RRCT played various important roles to assist with project management.

RRCT, with the unanimous support of the Town of New Gloucester selectmen, has initiated a re-naming process with the US Geological Survey/US Board of Geological Names (USBGN) to formally name the pond “Chandler Mill Pond” consistent with its historic name.   It is still legally known to USGS as “Lily Pond.”

Support

“The Royal River Conservation Trust is honored to have helped guarantee permanent public access and conservation of the Chandler Mill Pond, after working closely for several years with the landowners, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (DIFW), and so many others. Working together, we have now passed the Chandler Mill Pond to DIFW and the next generation of anglers, paddlers, skaters, birders, and others for their enjoyment. This pond will be treasured by our grandchildren and their grandchildren. We are all indebted to the foresight and generosity of the landowners.”
Bill Taylor
Former President of the Board of Directors
Royal River Conservation Trust

“This is a great project. I’ve used the pond since I was very young and camped there as a Boy Scout.”
Steve Libby, Selectman
New Gloucester

“Congratulations to the Royal River Conservation Trust on the Chandler Mill Pond project.  There are so many good things happening in the watershed and so many opportunities to protect and restore the Royal. It is encouraging to see what we can do when we work together!”
David Miller, Sebago Chapter, Trout Unlimited