Celebrating 25 Years as the Voice of the Presumpscot River
For a quarter of a century the Friends of the Presumpscot River (FOPR) has worked passionately to restore and protect the vitality of our small but mighty river. Our efforts have improved water quality, restored migratory fish populations and increased public awareness of the river's economic and recreational potential.
A River of Many Falls and Many Fish
The Presumpscot flows from Sebago Lake through woods, towns and cities into the saltwater of Casco Bay in Maine's most densly populated region. The river's name means "many falls" or "many rough places" in the Abanaki language spoken by the peoples who lived and fished on its shores for centuries. During that period the river was regularly filled with vast amounts of spawning Atlantic salmon, shad, and alewives and was also home to land-locked salmon, brook trout, and the now extinct Presumpscot Jumper.
A 250-Year Fight For Fish Passage
In the 1750s Abenaki leader Chief Polin began a struggle to restore fish passage to the Presumpscot River. Today, more than 250 years later, that effort continues. Learn more about our efforts to restore migratory fish populations.