Pleasant Lake/Casco Hatchery Pipeline Replacement Project - Update

Week of August 11, 2017

The on the water construction phase of the Casco Hatchery Pipeline Replacement Project is complete, and the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife would like thank the Pleasant Lake Community and the towns of Casco and Otisfield for their support during the project. This portion of the project was completed ahead of schedule, as the 3,900’ primary intake pipe and a shorter, 315’ secondary intake pipe were filled and lowered to the lake bottom during the week of July 24th. With the on the on the water construction phase complete, the barges and related construction equipment will be removed from Pleasant Lake. Crews will now focus completing the section of the pipeline from the lake dam to the hatchery building. If the remainder of the construction proceeds as planned and there are no unexpected delays, construction should be complete and the hatchery operational by the beginning of October. The Casco Hatchery raises landlocked salmon, brook trout, rainbow trout, and brown trout which are stocked throughout the state. It is the only state hatchery that produces rainbow trout and the Sebago Lake salmon strain. The Casco Hatchery, established in 1954, produces over 85,000 catchable fish annually. Over 300,000 people fish in Maine each year, injecting $319 million into Maine’s economy annually. The Department would like to thank the community of their support of the project during the on-water construction phase.