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“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.”
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
The Royal River Conservation Trust (RRCT) and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (DIFW) are proud to have conserved the Chandler Mill Pond in New Gloucester, with continued maintenance of a hand-carry boat launch for water access.
One of the Royal River’s few headwater ponds, the 47 acre Chandler Mill Pond sits on a 117 acre forested parcel. The pond’s lack of residential development along the shoreline or the immediate watershed is a characteristic of only a small number of ponds in southern Maine. Even fewer such ponds support quality trout fisheries with free public access. The pond is within walking distance of New Gloucester’s growing Upper Village, and just miles from the Auburn city limits. DIFW’s Francis Brautigam notes “the pond is very productive and historically produced some exceptional fishing for brook trout, including trout of noteworthy size.” He continues, “Since 2007 the pond has been exclusively managed for rainbow trout.”
The long-time landowners transferred the parcel to 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.”