Friends of the Berkshire National Fish Hatchery

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The Friends of the Berkshire National Fish Hatchery is an independent nonprofit charitable organization supported by generous donors and volunteers. 

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240 Hatchery Road
New Marlborough, MA 01230
(413) 591-9295

Our Mission

We support and partner with the US Fish & Wildlife Service to help sustain the Hatchery and ensure it thrives. We encourage public appreciation for and support of the Hatchery, freshwater ecosystems, and recreational fishing in the Berkshires. 

  • We engage and educate the public about the fish hatchery and related conservation, restoration and ecosystems;
  • We support the education of school age youth and educators; and
  • We encourage and support environmentally responsible recreational fishing.

Fishing Derbies

2023 derbies were a huge success. Hundreds of children and families participated across six months of derbies, including a wonderful August open house barbecue. Thank you to all who supported fishing and the hatchery in 2023.

Join us for our 2024 derbies! Open to children ages 13 and under, each second Saturday of the month from 9-10:30AM, April-September, at the fishing pond on Hatchery Road.

Learn to fish, and compete for prizes. No child goes away empty handed.

Mark your Calendar for 2024!

April 13     May 11   June 8July 13August 10*September 14
*Open House to follow!