The Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) actively encourages all kinds of outdoor recreation. Our organization was founded by anglers and believes that people engaged in recreation are highly likely to be stewards of the natural environment. The more people using the watershed, the more people will value the natural resources and notice if something goes amiss.
Through the Downeast Rivers Land Trust, the Downeast Salmon Federation owns (or owns easements on) 2,000+ acres of land in the downeast region of Maine. Much of this land abuts other state, federal or privately conserved land to provide wide swaths of habitat free from development. Within these lands, the DSF owns three rustic camps available for use, and a number of trails and access points. Please contact us for more information about our camps.
The Downeast Salmon Federation also regularly reaches out to anglers and commercial fishermen to participate in community-based fisheries monitoring. Periodically the DSF will seek volunteers to gather a little extra data on their catches so that we can have a better idea, for example, how much time species are spending in salt vs. fresh water. Since we can’t be in every smelt stream or in every ice fishing hole, having a broad base of anglers helps to ensure that we have robust data to get the real picture of what fish are doing. (And we won’t give away your favorite fishing spot!)