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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:

Fish Season Hours

The Center is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM during fish season
April 30th - June 16th, 2018
(Closed Memorial Day)

The Fishways will be closed
the following dates in 2018:

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Jan 15: Civil Rights Day
Feb 19: President's Day
May 28: Memorial Day
July 4: Independence Day
Sept 3: Labor Day
Oct 8: Columbus Day
Nov 12: Veteran's Day
Nov 22-24: Thanksgiving
Dec 24-26: Winter Holiday
Dec 31-Jan 1: New Year's

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Special Events

Unlike our public and school programs, Special Events only happen a few times a year. They are usually much larger in scale and showcase live animals and guest speakers. You don't want to miss these events. They are lots of fun for all ages. Check back often to catch our next Special Event!

NEW at the Fishways!

Interactive Watershed Exhibit

The Amoskeag Fishways is thrilled to be the first science education center in New Hampshire to have an augmented reality watershed exhibit! Visitors play in the sand to create unique landscapes and observe how the projected contour lines and colors change as the terrain is altered. It is really fun to build mountains, valleys, lakes and rivers... essentially creating your very own watershed. Make it RAIN when a 3-D camera responds to your hand movements, showing in real time how water moves over a landscape!


"Fish Season" is the time of year when our fish ladder is operating. This occurs every Spring in preparation for migratory fish that will use the fish ladder to bypass the Amoskeag Dam as they swim upriver in May and June. This year, Fish Season will run from April 30 - June 16. During this time, visitors may view migrating fish through our underwater windows. Walk-in visitors are always welcome and guided tours are offered to groups of 10 - 30 participants. For more information about Fish Season or to schedule a tour, call 626-FISH.

Fish Season Tours

This interactive walking tour offers students a peek into the past as they learn about the history of the Merrimack River and Amoskeag Falls with a focus on migratory fish. Students will learn the basics of hydroelectric power generation, see the fish ladder in action, and become familiar with how the fish ladder works and which species use it. The tour ends with an underwater look into the ladder for a chance to glimpse the fish themselves! Fish Season Tours are available to groups of 10 - 30 participants, though groups larger than 30 can be accommodated by booking multiple tours. To book, call 626-FISH.

April, May, June 2018


Vulture Culture
Saturday, March 24
11 am - 12:30 pm

Scan the skies on a sunny day, and you may see a large, dark bird circling high above. It could be a turkey vulture! Train your eyes to recognize these impressive birds, and participate in some fun activities to discover their unique adaptations and to appreciate their way of life. KIND

Cost: $8 per family.
Registration with payment required.

World Fish Migration Day
Saturday, April 21
11am - 3pm

This is a one day global-local event! We wish for open, clean passable rivers that sustain migrating fish. Play water games, make fish puppets and enjoy this special site along the Merrimack. KIND

Cost: FREE
No registration required

2018 Fish Festival
Featuring Dash and Splash

Thursday, April 26
10am - 3pm

Line up and cheer on biologists when they deliver fish to stock our fish passage at 10am. Our fish ladder is open, but the wild migrating species have yet to swim up the Merrimack River. While we wait, the stocked fish will be here for up close underwater viewing. Fish crafts, fish hats, fish games and fishy fun throughout the day!

Cost: $3 per person & $6 per family
(Fee does not cover extended family)
No registration required

Bird Friendly Cafe
Saturday, May 12
9am - 12pm with fresh brewed coffee!

Bring your travel mug to the Fishways to learn about and sample coffee grown on farms in Central and South America that provide good, forest-like habitat for birds, especially birds that are migratory. Rather than being grown on land that has been cleared of all other vegetation, bird friendly coffees are planted under a canopy of trees. Shade grown, fair trade, and delicious! KIND

Cost: $1 per cup, donated to Environment for the Americas, in honor of International Migratory Bird Day 2018
No registration required

Sea Lamprey Appreciation Day
Saturday, May 26
11am - 3pm

The slimy and fascinating sea lamprey returns! Hold a live three foot long fish and get sucked into the fun of a much under-appreciated animal. We will we learn all about the unique physical nature and lifecycle of the incredible sea lamprey. KIND

Cost: $3 per person & $6 per family
(Fee does not cover extended family)
No registration required

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Learn to Fly Fish
Four consecutive Wednesdays

April 4, 11, 18, 25
6 - 8pm

Discover this unique pastime! Members of Fly Fishers International (www.flyfishersinternational.org) will be our instructors teaching about fly fishing equipment, fly-tying, where fish live, how to read the water, and special strategies and techniques.

Cost: $5 per person, ages 9 & up
Registration with payment required.

Friday Fish Ladder Tours
Fridays in May and June
11am - 12pm

Meet us in the upper parking lot for a walking tour and learn all about our fish ladder, the Amoskeag Hydro Station, the history of the Amoskeag area and current fish restoration projects in our region. Open to all ages.

Donations accepted
No registration required.

Open the Gates!
Free Fishing Day

Saturday, June 2
All Day

We are opening our gates to the river, inviting you to participate in NH Fish and Game's "Free Fishing Day". Visit www.wildlife.state.nh.us. Bring your own fishing rod if you have one.

Cost: FREE for all ages
Check in at the Front Desk

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Saturdays, 11 am - 12 pm

We have fun nature programs for all ages. Stop by with your family this spring to learn something new about falcons and fish!

Peregrine Falcon Focus - April 7, 14, 28
Fish Season Tours - May 5, 19
Fish Season Tours - June 2, 9, 16

Donation of $5 per family encouraged

Please call 626-FISH for more information about any of our programs!

Spring 2018 Postcard

Kids had fun making bugs and other stuff at last years "Bug Ball" event.

Tom Ricardi is showing off a Turkey Vulture at our "Live Raptor" program.

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