About the Watershed
The lakes, ponds and streams within the 30 Mile River Watershed are all connected.
What’s in a name?
The Thirty Mile River is a waterway used long ago by Native Americans and pioneers traveling from the Androscoggin River to the Sandy River Valley. The name dates back to around the 1750s, when timber hunters paddled from Lewiston up the Androscoggin River to the north end of Echo Lake in what is now the town of Mt. Vernon. Estimating they had traveled 30 miles, they named the chain of lakes, ponds and streams the Thirty Mile River.
Everyone lives in a watershed…
no matter how much water is nearby.
The 30 Mile River Watershed is all the area that drains through the Dead River into the Androscoggin River. This area includes everything within its boundaries: the land, water, plants, animals, buildings, farms, roads and people.
Everything that happens in a lake’s watershed eventually impacts the lake’s water quality, for better or worse.
Lakes, Ponds, and Streams
in the 30 Mile River Watershed
Mill Ponds (4)
Photo Credit: Karen Kurkjian (Banner)