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information call:

(603) 626-FISH

or mail to:
Amoskeag Fishways
PO Box 330
Manchester, NH 03105

The Center and
exhibit hall are
open year-round

Monday - Saturday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

with the following exceptions:

Winter Hours

The Center is open
Monday - Saturday
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
December 1st - March 1st

The Fishways will be closed
the following dates in 2019:

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Jan 21: Civil Rights Day
Feb 18: President's Day
May 27: Memorial Day
July 4: Independence Day
Sept 2: Labor Day
Oct 14: Columbus Day
Nov 11: Veteran's Day
Nov 28-30: Thanksgiving
Dec 24-26: Winter Holiday
Dec 31-Jan 1: New Year's

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Celebrate the 2018 Fish Season!
April 30th - June 16th

What is Fish Season?

Fish season at the Amoskeag Fishways occurs in the spring when the fish ladder is operating. Migratory river herring, American shad, and sea lamprey traverse the ladder's 54 steps to bypass the Amoskeag Hydroelectric Dam. These species of fish are called "anadromous," which means they are born in fresh water, live in the ocean as adults, and return to fresh water to spawn (reproduce).

People visit the Amoskeag Fishways during this time of year either as walk-in visitors or participants in a guided fish ladder tour. In addition to seeing fish in our underwater viewing windows, visitors of all ages will enjoy hands-on learning in our impressive exhibit hall. Tours are great for school groups! Guided tours are available for groups of 10 to 30 people per tour. Larger groups can be accommodated through multiple tours. There is a suggested donation of $20 per tour. Pre-registration is required. Call 626-FISH today.

Herring in windows

The window full of migrating River Herring in 2017.

Enjoy a glimpse of fish swimming up the ladder through our underwater window.

Kids can touch live sea lamprey during our Lamprey Appreciation Day event.

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