Connecticut River Coordinator's Office
Northeast Region
 
Photo of the Holyoke Dam - Photo credit:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Photo of the Holyoke Dam. Credit: USFWS

Fish ladders and lifts have opened up more than 1,000 miles of migratory fish habitat in the Connecticut River watershed! Here is some information about the dams where fish are counted. To see where the dams are located, check out the Map of the Connecticut River Watershed (image is 134 KB in size).

Selected Dams

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  • The This link opens in a new windowLeesville Dam is on the Salmon River in Connecticut. It is monitored only for Atlantic salmon. The Salmon River joins the Connecticut River 18 miles upstream of the Long Island Sound.

  • The This link opens in a new windowRainbow Dam is the first dam on the Farmington River in Connecticut, located 8 miles upstream of the Farmington River/Connecticut River confluence. The Farmington River joins the Connecticut River 57 miles upstream of the Long Island Sound.

  • The This link opens in a new windowWest Springfield dam (formerly called the DSI Dam) is the first dam on the Westfield River, Massachusetts, located 4 miles upstream of the Westfield River/Connectictut River confluence. The Westfield River joins the Connecticut River 75 miles upstream of the Long Island Sound.

  • The This link opens in a new windowHolyoke Dam is the first dam on the mainstem of the Connecticut River. The Holyoke Dam is located in Massachusetts, 87 miles upstream of the Long Island Sound.

  • The This link opens in a new windowTurners Falls Dam fish ladder is not monitored continually, so counts are incomplete. It is located in Massachusetts, 122 miles upstream of the Long Island Sound.

  • The This link opens in a new windowVernon Dam fish ladder is located in Vermont, 142 miles upstream of the Long Island Sound.

  • The This link opens in a new windowBellows Falls Dam fish ladder is located in Vermont, 174 miles upstream of the Long Island Sound.

  • The This link opens in a new windowWilder Dam fish ladder is located in Vermont, 217 miles upstream of the Long Island Sound. This facility is not monitored, so fish using this ladder are not recorded in reports.

Notes:

  • Occasionally, Atlantic salmon are counted at places other than fish passage facilities, and recorded under “Additional Atlantic Salmon”.

  • Total counts to the river include all migratory fish counted at all dams downstream of and including the Holyoke Dam.

 

 
Last updated: September 7, 2010
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