The Indian Head River is one of the largest and potentially ecologically rich tributaries that flows into the North River. This 3.7-mile stretch of river creates the Hanson, Hanover, and Pembroke town borders before meeting the Herring Brook and forming the Headwaters of the North River.

The Indian Head River restoration focuses on reconnecting and restoring the natural flows of the Indian Head River. Our goal is to restore fish passage for river herring, Atlantic shad, native brook trout and eels by removing the 2 of the 3 dams on the river – Luddam’s Ford Dam (aka Elm St. Dam aka Curtis Crossing Dam) and State St./Cross St. Dam (aka Indian Head Dam). Completing this project would result in the opening of 1.7 miles of river.

We are in the early stages of a study that will look at the potential impacts of removing these dams, which are the first 2 dams up from the ocean. Last spring, the NSRWA received a grant to work with Hanover, Hanson and Pembroke to determine the feasibility of removing these dams in order to restore habitat along the Indian Head River.

Cover photo: Indian Head River, Pembroke by Rob MacDonald.