Saco River Federal Navigation Maintenance Dredging Project

After 24 years, the Saco River is finally being dredged to its approved depths this fall and winter!

Click here to read the Army Corps of Engineers press release about the project.

Dredging Photo 3

Here is what you need to know:

  • The Saco River is one of 62 channels and anchorages in the State of Maine.
  • Beginning in November, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) federal navigation project will be dredged to its approved depth of 6' MLLW.
  • USACE has hired H&L Contracting, LLC to perform the dredge at the easterly and westerly ends of the river.
  • The contractor will mobilize to the site(s) and begin dredging in early November.
  • The dredge timeframe is November 2018 through March 2019.
  • The contractor will remove approximately 140,000 CY from the federal navigation channel and anchorages.
  • The cost to complete the dredging - $3.93 million - is all paid for by the USACE.
  • The sand at the easterly end of the river (Camp Ellis area) will be pumped over to Camp Ellis for beach replenishment purposes.
  • The sand at the westerly end of the river will be deposited in the deep scour hole mid-river, as it was in November 2017.
  • All recreational and commercial vessels must be removed from the Saco River by October 31 to prepare for the dredging.
  • All moorings will be moved near shore during dredge operations, at the expense of each mooring permit holder.
  • Questions about moorings should be directed to Harbor Master, Marshal Alexander at 207-282-3479 and Assistant Harbor Master Paul Lariviere at 207-282-4647.

A complete map of the dredging site can be found here.

To learn more about the fascinating history of the Saco River, please click here to visit the US Army Corps of Engineers website. You can also view the Public Notice from the 2016 Maintenance Dredging here and a report of the 2016 Channel Conditions here.

Below are photos from the November 2017 dredging of the river.