Stroudwater Falls is a manmade dam in Portland, Maine, dating to the 1850s.[1] The dam is fed by the Stroudwater River which runs from Duck Pond, in Buxton, Maine, to the Fore River (Maine) in Portland. The dam, located near the Westbrook Street bridge, prevents tidal waters from the Fore River from flowing up the Stroudwater River’s channel. [2]

The dam was built in the 1850s for floating logs down the Stroudwater River to the Fore River, and was expanded in the 1900s for ice harvesting. The dam can store a maximum of 221,940 cubic meters of water, and its normal reservoir storage is 187,416 cubic meters, according to city records. The dam was damaged prior to 2012 when heavy rains washed debris down the river and it struck the dam.[3]

43°39′23″N 70°18′39″W / 43.656348°N 70.310696°W / 43.656348; -70.310696


  1. ^ "Friends of the Stroudwater River". Retrieved 2022-07-03.
  2. ^ Stroudwater River Watershed Survey Report (PDF) (Report). Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District. June 2014.
  3. ^ Billings, Randy (2012-07-17). "Portland gives 162-year-old dam a checkup - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram". The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram. Retrieved 2016-04-18.