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Photo of children observing fish at the Holyoke fish window in MA - Photo credit:  John Suchoki
Photo of children observing fish at the Holyoke fish window in MA.Credit: John Suchoki

Where to See Fish

Rainbow Dam in Windsor, Connecticut

  • Fish ladder and visitor viewing area, kiosk.
  • Open during the spring migration, early May through late June, dawn to dusk.
  • From I91, take Exit 40 to Rt 20 West. After a few miles, take the "Hamilton Road South" exit, then turn left at the bottom of the ramp. At the "T", take a right onto Rainbow Road. Within a mile or so the dirt road entrance to the fish ladder will be on your left.

Holyoke Dam Fishlift, Holyoke Gas and Electric

  • The Holyoke Dam Fish Lift visitor center and tours will be closed in the spring of 2015. The facility will be preparing for and constructing new downstream fish passage structures and other activities that required this action by Holyoke Gas and Electric. The Fish Lift will be operating to pass fish through the end of June when large scale construction activities will commence all around the facility.

Turners Falls Fish Ladder, FirstLight Power Resources Services, LLC

  • Viewing Windows and Interpreters
  • Open during the spring migration, generally mid May through mid June, Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Take exit 27 from I-91 South or North (Rt 2 East); take a right at the 2nd light and go over the bridge; Turn left after the bridge onto First Street; The fishway is on the left. Call for hours and information, 1-800-859-2960, 413-659-3714 or (413)548-9138 ext. 122.

Vernon Dam Fish Ladder, Vermont

  • Viewing gallery
  • Open during the spring migration, mid May through late June. Hours vary. If we are not counting fish, the Visitor Center closes at 3:00 p.m.).
  • From Brattleboro, take Rt 142 South toward Vernon. About a mile after the center of North Vernon, turn left onto Governor Hunt Road, and follow it to the viewing facility.

Richard Cronin National Salmon Station, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Atlantic Salmon Viewing Pools
  • Mon-Fri 8:00-4:00, Year-round
  • 51 East Plumtree Road, off of Rt. 116 in Sunderland (near "Bub's Barbeque").

Pittsford National Fish Hatchery, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Come visit! The Pittsford National Fish Hatchery is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
  • The hatchery is located near Rutland, VT. Take a right off Rt. 7 north. Follow signs to Furnace Brook Road.



Last updated: February 23, 2016
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