Pond Lily Nature Preserve

Pond Lily is a millpond dating back to the 18th century. Fourteen acres of forest, stream and wetland have been preserved. The preserve features a fishway that allows for the  passage of river herring over the dam and waterfall , providing the fish access to spawning areas further up stream. Accompanying signage details the life history of these fish and their importance in the ecosystem.
The pond and surrounding preserve is starting to undergo some dramatic changes. The Land Trust with the help of Save the Sound and other organizations is removing the dam in order to restore it to a more natural stream flow and ecosystem. See below for more information about the project. Take a look at our photo project to keep track of changes as this project progresses!
Main Entrance--- East Ramsdell off Whalley Ave. on left

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Dam Removal Project - see the latest press release on this project here

Learn more about how to help us document the changes here!

Rendering of river and site with dam removed:

A copy of the report evaluating the dam removal is avalible at:
Mitchell Library
37 Harrison St, New Haven, CT

or download.