Amoskeag Fishways  

Fletcher Street, Manchester, NH

Operated under a unique public/private partnership, which includes Public Service of New Hampshire, New Hampshire Fish and Game, the Audubon Society of New Hampshire and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this environmental education center is open year-round.  A fish ladder operates from late April through mid-June as part of the Atlantic salmon and American shad restoration program.  The center is located on the Merrimack River at the hydro-power generating facility.  It offers a full spectrum of educational programs and exhibits about the Merrimack River.

Viewing Information

From late April to mid-June visitors have a unique opportunity to watch both resident and migrating anadromous fish use the fish ladder.  An aquarium allows you to see a variety of fish at any time of year.  The Amoskeag Fishways site provides excellent opportunities to see bald eagles during the winter.  Watch for a variety of ducks such as common goldeneyes, American black ducks, mallards and mergansers in the open water below the dam.  During the summer, the landscaping for wildlife has made the site attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies and a wide variety of songbirds.  During the spring warbler migration, thousands of birds pass through the area on their way up the Merrimack River corridor.  Summer residents include scarlet tanagers, red-eyed vireos, mockingbirds, catbirds, rose-breasted grosbeaks, Baltimore orioles and belted kingfishers.


GPS – N 43 o00’12.92     W 71 o47.18’09.31

The Amoskeag Fishways Learning and Visitors Center is located on Exit 6, off Interstate 293 in Manchester, NH. Turn at the Fletcher Street light.  Parking is available on the left.  Follow the fish prints through the metal gate, past Amoskeag Hydro down to the Fishways.

Contact Us

Amoskeag Fishways
6 Fletcher St, Manchester, NH
(603) 626-FISH

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