DCR: Mitch’s Island in Hadley closed for 30 days effective immediately

Hampshire County

HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – The Department of Conservation and Recreation on Friday announced a temporary closure of a section of Mitch’s Island in the Town of Hadley, effective immediately. 

DCR said its portion of Mitch’s Island located within the Connecticut River will temporarily close for 30 days at the request of the Connecticut River Task Force, which is made up of local, state, and federal enforcement agencies. 

DCR is part of the island’s ownership group and is working with the task force and others to address public safety, health, and resource protection issues on Mitch’s Island. 

It’s not exactly known what the agency will be doing.

Mitch’s Island is known for many boaters who dock on the island. In the past, the Connecticut River Task Force has received reports of alcohol consumption, trespassing, and littering.

22News took a trip to Mitch’s Marina this afternoon, which is located just downstream from the island. We saw a few law enforcement boats going to and from the island. We also saw crews picking up trash along the sandbar.

The island is expected to reopen by the end of September.

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