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Upper Mills Pond, Calverton

Upper Mills Pond is just downstream from Forge Pond on the Peconic River.

Physical Features:

Elevation: 15 feet
Area: 60 acres
Shoreline Length: 3.1 miles
Maximum depth: 6 feet


Access is a DEC parking area off of Route 25. (Additionally, The Fisherman's Deli, located on the south side of Route 25 rents boats and also allows fishermen to launch hand carry boats from their store.)

Directions: Take Route 25 into Riverhead. The DEC parking area will be on your right opposite the Snowflake Ice Cream stand.

Restrictions: Hand launched boats are allowed; shoreline access is available but limited.

Fish Species:

Largemouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Carp, Brown Bullhead


The fish habitat and fishing opportunities are very similar to Forge Pond. Fishing for largemouth bass is very good. Pickerel are also abundant and the sunfish fishing is excellent. A small boat is extremely helpful in fishing this pond.


Special fishing regulations apply (leaving DEC website to official Fishing Regulations Guide vendor website).

Health Advice on Eating Fish You Catch:

Visit NYS Department of Health website (link leaves DEC's website) for health advice on eating fish you catch. Scroll to the bottom of the page for Long Island freshwater waterbodies.

Sweetwater Angler Profile of Upper Mills Pond (Summer 2001):

Upper Mills Pond is one of a series of shallow dammed ponds along the Peconic River. It is 60 acres in size and is located approximately 3 miles downstream of the Long Island Expressway (LIE). The dam was constructed to provide power for a woolen mill. About 75 years ago, a small power plant generated electricity at the site. Historically, tons of ice were harvested from the pond before refrigerators became common place in the American home. Today, however, the dam has no functional purpose. However, the pond made by the backed up water has created a wonderful warmwater fishery.

Upper Mills Pond has many opportunities for the angler. As one looks upstream from the dam, the north side of the river (right side) is developed with residential housing. There are several docks and lots of overhanging trees to challenge the angler. The south side of the river (left side) is more of a swampy area, with plenty of lily pads and wetland vegetation to hold fish. As you make your way upstream (if you have a boat), the pond narrows down and eventually becomes riverine in nature. Plenty of trees line this section of the pond/river, so bring your tree fishing gear!

So what can you catch? Upper Mills Pond has a typical warmwater fish community, including largemouth bass, chain pickerel, bluegill, pumpkinseed, black crappie, yellow perch, white perch and carp. Take your choice of species to target or try to see how many species you can catch in one day; it's all up to you! The pond holds many trophy sized fish, so be prepared with a camera in case you get a chance to tussle with one.

To get to Upper Mills Pond, take the LIE to Route 25 (exit 72) going east. Drive east on Route 25 approximately 2.1 miles. When you see the Snowflake Ice Cream Shop on the left side (north) of the road, make a right down the dead end street. There will be a DEC Fishing Access Area on the left side of the dead end road. You can launch your boat from the dam.