TURNERS FALLS, Mass. (WWLP) - The journey upriver for thousands of fish began just a few weeks ago and now they're making their way through Franklin County.
The American Shad, Sea Lamprey, and other migratory fish are on the move upriver from the ocean. And you can see it all happen underwater at the Turners Falls Fishway all Memorial Day weekend.
When the spring rains come, it signals the start of the journey for fish to lay their eggs upriver where they were born.
But the fish face a lot of obstacles in their journey upriver. Man made dams block their path which is where Fishways Act as a ladder for the fish to continue upriver. A guide at the Fishway in Turners Falls gives kids a chance to participate.
"It's going to be really fun on Memorial Day. We love to have the kids they help us count the fish. We keep track of the fish that pass through this little area over here. And then they can help us add the tally to the board upstairs whether they see an American Shad or Sea Lamprey," said Fishway Guide Valerie Magoon.
Recent rain has the river rushing at 25,000 cubic feet per second. That's about equivalent to 25,000 basketballs coming at you per second for these fish.