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Upper Mills Pond, Riverhead

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, Bait & Barrels, 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


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. A small boat, kayak or canoe is extremely helpful when fishing this pond. Watch out for the stumps off the points on the inside of bends in the lake. In addition to being navigation hazards during low water, they can also be fishing hotspots!


Statewide Fishing Regulations Apply

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.