dOWNEAST SALMON FEDERATION
Type: Short gravel road
Access: All vehicles
Size: 8 Acres
Access to water: Yes, Redmond's Stream
Recreation Types: Walking, swimming, hunting, fishing, paddling, birding, nature study, wildlife viewing.
Map coordinates 44°37'4.00"N 67°47'14.66"W
This 8-acre property is dedicated in memory of Charles Parker. Charlie was a resident of Harrington, a local high school teacher, and a strong advocate for conservation. Charlie and his students worked with the Downeast Salmon Federation for many years monitoring water quality and improving fisheries in this region.
This property has been protected by the Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) through its DSF Land Trust program to ensure the conservation of this important smelt spawning habitat and to ensure public access to this traditional smelt fishing site.
Redmond’s Brook has been a destination for people wanting to catch smelts for many generations. On dark nights in the spring of the year, people came with their dip nets and flashlights to scoop up the migrating fish. Despite the harvest pressure, Redmond’s Brook was one of the most productive smelt brooks in the region. But this was not guaranteed since the land had been privately owned with public access allowed but could have changed at any time
In May of 2010, it came to the attention of the Downeast Salmon Federation that this property had come on the market. Knowing the ecological and public access values of the property, DSF moved quickly to secure funding to purchase the property. With the help of our many members, the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, the Downeast Coastal Conservancy, and the Pleasant River Wildlife Foundation, DSF was able to purchase the property to protect it and ensure public access forever.
This land is open to fishing, hunting, bird watching, walking, etc. Please pick up litter, keep motorized vehicles on the road, and avoid walking in the brook during smelt spawning season (crushed eggs don’t hatch).
We welcome the public to the DSF Land Trust properties and ask that you review the Hunting & Wildlife Viewing Equipment Policy in advance of your visit. All properties are 'carry-in, carry-out'. You must have a permit to have a campfire on the properties.
State law requires fire permits for all open fires (including in campsite fire rings). Campfires may be banned during dry periods. Contact the Maine Forest Service for a permit at (207) 827-1800.
From the Downeast Salmon Federation Office at 187 Main St. in Columbia Falls, Maine, head west on Main St, towards Tibbettstown Rd. Tibbettstown road will be the first road on your right. Tibbettstown road will intersect with US-1 – turn left onto US-1. Follow US- 1 for 2.8 miles. Turn left on to Marshfield Rd. then right on Cates Rd. in .2 miles. The property is the first driveway on the left.