Fish barrier dams are considered an essential tool for the protection of native and restored fish communities from non-native species that could devastate the current native fish populations.
The Little Fish Pond barrier dam was built prior to one of the biggest nature reclamation projects in New York State history, which took place in 1952-1954. In those years the state worked to restore restore wild trout populations to fourteen ponds and 21 miles of inlets, outlets, river and tributaries.
The main part of the dam was rehabilitated in 2015 and 2016 by Region 5 fisheries staff and the Student Conservation Association (SCA). In 2020, fisheries staff built a new splash deck to prevent scour in the river channel below the dam from forming a jump pool.
From start to finish, DEC and SCA staff have spent nearly 1,100 labor-hours on this dam. It’s hoped the improvements will protect these valuable resources while providing a unique angling experience for many years to come.
Photo of Little Fish Pond barrier dam provided by DEC.