HG&E Fishway Opens For The Season Text Size

The first and most successful fish lift on the Atlantic Coast, Robert E. Barrett Fishway at the Holyoke Dam, opens for its annual viewing season on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, with special Mother’s Day activities on Sunday, May 13.  The Fishway is fun for all ages and admission is free!  
The Barrett Fishway, owned and operated by Holyoke Gas & Electric (HG&E), consists of two elevators or “lifts” which carry migrating fish up and over the Holyoke Dam.  Visitors can watch the lifts in action from an observation deck overlooking the Connecticut River. 
The fishway is open for self-guided tours during regular business hours.  In addition, HG&E will provide a guided tour each Saturday and Sunday throughout the season at 1:30 pm.  This tour is free and open to the public.  A knowledgeable and friendly guide will take guests on a forty-five minute tour of the facility and share information about fish species of the Connecticut River.  Additionally, The Barrett Fishway offers free educational programs for schools. Reservations for school groups are required, visit for details.  
Continuing a decade-old tradition, all mothers visiting the Fishway on Sunday, May 13th from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., will receive a free carnation to commemorate Mother’s Day and the spirit of re-birth on the Connecticut River.  
In addition, the 53rd Annual HG&E Shad Derby will be held on May 12, 13, 19, and 20 with a grand prize of $1,000 in cash for the first-place winner in the senior division (  
Located off Bridge Street (Route 116) in Holyoke, just west of the South Hadley-Holyoke Bridge, the Holyoke Fishway’s 2018 season runs from May 2 through June 10, 2018, hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.  The facility is closed on Monday and Tuesday, with the exception of Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day) from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. In addition, there will be no vehicle access to the Fishway on Sunday, May 6, as the Rt-116 Bridge will be closed by MassDOT for the River Roll & Stroll event.  
For further information on the Barrett Fishway, visit or call (413) 536-9460.
FISHWAY MEDIA INFORMATION:  News media who wish to film or photograph inside the facility must receive prior approval from HG&E. To make arrangements contact Kate Sullivan, or (413) 536-9333.
News media are welcome to film or photograph in the public areas outside of the facility and may do so during regular facility operating hours without prior arrangements.

Holyoke Gas & Electric (HG&E) is a municipally-owned utility that was formed in 1902. Today the Department provides electricity, natural gas, and fiber optic telecommunications services to over 18,000 customers. 

Posted on April 30, 2018 by