Barre Falls Dam

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Barre Falls Dam

Massachusetts

(978) 928-4712

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Overview

Nestled within the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (MDCR) 22,000-acre scenic Ware River Watershed, the Barre Falls Dam is attractive for canoeing, fishing, hiking, hunting, picnicking, watching wildlife, horseshoes, sightseeing, mountain bike riding, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, 18-hole disc golf, and wildlife observation. The recreational benefits are an "extra dividend" to the main purpose of this flood reduction project. The project is crossed by the Mid-State Hiking Trail. A picnic shelter in the picnic area at the dam may be reserved by calling the project office.

Map of Barre Falls Dam

Latitude, Longitude: 42.428367, -72.025166

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Activities

  • Boating

    Enjoy canoeing!

  • Fishing

    Hunting and fishing are permitted in accordance with Massachusetts laws and regulations in the more than 22,000 acres of combined federal and state land. Fishermen will enjoy the challenges of fishing for the stocked and native species of fish that abound in the Ware River and in the many smaller streams and ponds in the area.

  • Hiking

    As you drive or walk down Coldbrook Road past the cemetery, see if you can identify the trees that have been labeled for self-guided tours. In addition to the these activities, special interpretive programs on the cultural and natural resources, water resources, water safety and flood control are provided by park rangers. Tours of Barre Falls Dam are also available.

  • Hunting

    Hunting and fishing are permitted in accordance with Massachusetts laws and regulations in the more than 22,000 acres of combined federal and state land. The area offers both large and small game - white tail deer, bear, turkey, rabbit, and stocked pheasant to name a few.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is a very popular activity at Barre Falls Dam. The Corps maintains a small rustic picnic area which contains twelve picnic sites with tables and fireplaces. A covered picnic shelter, with six tables, is available and may be reserved by groups for a modest fee. Accessible sites are available.

  • Winter Sports

    Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are available in winter; snowmobiling is restricted to designated trails.

Seasonality/Weather

The dam is open year-round during daylight hours.

Directions

Driving

From Gardner on Massachusetts Route 2, take Exit 22, Route 68. Travel south on Route 68 to Route 62, then two miles west to the dam.

From Massachusetts Interstate 495, take 290 to 190 to the Holden Exit, Route 68. Take a left and follow Route 68 North until you come to Route 62. Take a left at the blinking light. Barre Falls Dam is approximately two miles down on the left.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(978) 928-4712

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