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Robert E. Barrett Fishway

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About the Fishway

Each spring when the shadbush blooms, American Shad, Sea Lamprey, Atlantic Salmon and other anadromous fish swim up the Connecticut River as they begin their annual spring migration. Driven by their evolutionary instincts, adult fish return to spawn in the rivers of their birth.

The fishlift at HG&E’s Robert E. Barrett Fishway helps migrating fish over the dam. It was the first and most successful fish lift on the Atlantic coast.  It consists of two elevators or “lifts” which carry migrating fish up and over the Holyoke dam.


The Robert E. Barrett Fishway is staffed by knowledgeable and friendly guides who are available to share information about anadromous fish and restoration efforts.

The Barrett Fishway offers free educational programs for schools. Reservations for school groups are required.  The public is welcome during hours of operation for self-guided tours, no reservations are required.

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Robert E. Barrett Fishway
Email | (413) 536-9460