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MassWildlife, Family Fishing Festival

June 4 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT

Our annual Family Fishing Day is Saturday, June 4th from 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. at Barton Cove. Join us for a day of FREE fishing fun. Adults and children of all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Event is held rain or shine. Parking is free at each site. At Barton Cove Campground: Barton Cove Road in Gill

  • Fishing equipment provided – limited supplies available. Bring your own pole if you have it.
  • No fishing license needed.
  • Fly lure tying demonstrations and more!

Sponsored by: MassWildlife, Western Mass Fly Fishermen, First Light, Turners Falls Fishway, Friends of the Discovery Center, and USGS.

Open to the public, no pre-registration is required, email [email protected] for more information.

At Great Falls Discovery Center: 2 Avenue A

Join FirstLight’s Northfield Mountain at the Turners Falls Fishway for Fish Printing for all ages. This fun activity combines science and art through the traditional Japanese practice of Gyotaku, or fish printing. Discover the intricate beauty and important function of fish fins and scales. Learn about resident fish as well as the migratory fish that return to the Connecticut River to lay their eggs.

Drop-in anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Turners Falls Fishway (15 First Street, Turners Falls) to create your work of art on paper using scientifically accurate replicas of Connecticut River fish. This event is part of the 15th Annual Family Fish Day organized by the Great Falls Discovery Center. Families can bring along a picnic and enjoy our beautiful riverside picnic area adjacent to the Fishway. In case of rain, the event will take place at the Great Falls Discovery Center.

The Turners Falls Fishway is Open!

Ongoing, May 14 through June 12

Mark your calendars! Don’t miss the annual spring migration of fish at the Turners Falls Fishway at 15 First Street. The Fishway is open May 14 — June 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Then, visit us at the Great Falls Discovery Center.

It’s easy to learn to fish. All you need to get started is some simple gear and a little practice! Read fishing tips and watch tutorial videos. Use our fishing map to find places to fish near you! You can also explore trout stocked waters or handicapped accessible fishing sites
free fishing weekend


June 4
10:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT


Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376
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(413) 863-3221
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