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Migrating fish get a lift over the Holyoke Dam
HG&E Fishway opens for the season—Free Admission

Holyoke, MA – 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 7, 2014, with special Mother’s Day activities on Sunday, May 11.  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. Last year, over 400,000 fish (and approximately 11,000 guests) visited the facility during the seasonal viewing period.   

New in 2014, 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 11th 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 49th Annual HG&E Shad Derby will be held on May 10, 11, 17, and 18 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 2014 season runs from May 7 through June 15, 2014, 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 26 (Memorial Day) from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

For further information on the Barrett Fishway, visit or call (413) 536-9460.

Posted on May 1, 2014 by