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MassWildlife currently manages four fish hatchery facilities, open to the public,located in Sandwich, Belchertown, Montague and Sunderland.

Rainbow, brown, brook and tiger trout are raised for stocking rivers, streams, lakes and ponds throughout the Commonwealth.

MassWildlife Fish Hatcheries

HatcheryAddressPhoneLocationManager

McLaughlin Hatchery

90 East Street
Belchertown
(413) 323-7671East Street (off Rte 9) BelchertownJim Hahn

Sunderland Hatchery

559 Amherst Rd
Sunderland
(413) 665-4680Route 116, SunderlandChuck Bell

Bitzer Hatchery

37 Hatchery Rd
Montague
(413) 367-2477off Turner's Falls Rd Montague (Directions)John F. Williams

Sandwich Hatchery

164 Rte 6A
Sandwich
(508) 888-0008164 Route 6A, Sandwich (Directions)Craig Lodowsky

Directions to McLaughlin Hatchery, Belchertown

From the Mass Turnpike Traveling Eastbound from the Berkshires and Rte I -91 From the Pike, take Exit 7 in Ludlow. At the traffic light at the end of the exit ramp go right onto Route 21 and head north through Ludlow and then into Belchertown. Continue north on Rte. 21 for approximately 10 miles until you come to a stop sign in Belchertown where Rte. 21 merges with Rte. 202.  There is a Tractor Supply store on the left just before the stop sign. Take a right at the stop sign and continue on Rte. 21/202 N for approximately 1 mile until you come to a traffic light at the top of a hill near the Belchertown town common. Continue straight through this intersection on Rt. 21 north for approximately 1 mile where Rte. 21 ends at Rt. 9. From here take a right onto Rt. 9 east towards Ware. Continue east on Rt. 9 for 2.5 miles. Pass the main entrance to the Quabbin Reservoir (on the left) and at the bottom of a long, winding, downhill stretch of highway, take a right onto East Street. There is large brown McLaughlin Hatchery sign and a MassWildlife sign at this junction.  (If you cross a small bridge and river and into Ware, you have gone too far.) The McLaughlin Hatchery is ½ mile down the road on your left.

From the Mass Turnpike Traveling westbound from Boston and Worcester, Take the MassPike west to Exit 8 in Palmer. At the traffic light at the end of the exit ramp take a left onto Rt. 32 and travel north to Palmer and Ware. Stay on Rte 32 through Palmer and into the town of Ware.  Stay on Rt. 32 to a small business district (approximately 1 mile past the Wal-Mart)  in Ware. Drive a short distance past a McDonald’s restaurant on the left, looking for Vernon Street on the left. Note the sign directing traffic to Rt.9. Go left on Vernon Street and travel to Rte. 9.  Take a left on to Rte. 9 heading west towards Belchertown. Stay on Rte. 9 west for about 5 miles until you come to the Ware/Belchertown line located at a bridge crossing a small river known as the Swift River. From this point continue on Rt. 9 for another 1/10 mile and look for East Street on your left. Take a left onto East Street and continue for 1/2 mile. The McLaughlin Hatchery is located on your left.

Directions From Rte 9 

From Northampton and Amherst on Rte 9 – Travel east on Rte. 9 to Belchertown.  At the junction of Rte. 202 and Rte. 9, continue straight through the traffic lights on Rte. 9 towards Ware. Follow Rte. 9 for several miles, passing the main entrance to the Quabbin Reservoir on your left. Pass the main entrance to the Quabbin Reservoir (on the left) and at the bottom of a long, winding, downhill stretch of highway, take a right onto East Street. There is large brown McLaughlin Hatchery sign and a MassWildlife sign at this junction.  (If you cross a small bridge and river, you have gone too far, turn around.) The McLaughlin Hatchery is ½ mile down the road on your left.

From the Brookfields and Ware on Rte 9 – Travel on Rte 9 passing the Quabbin Cemetary on your left to the Ware/Belchertown town line.  There is a small bridge crossing a small river (Swift River). From this point continue on Rt. 9 for another 1/10 mile and look for East Street on the left. There is large brown McLaughlin Hatchery sign and a MassWildlife sign at this junction.  Go left on East Street and the McLaughlin Hatchery is ½ mile down the road on the left.

Directions to Sandwich Hatchery

From Rte 25/Rte 495/Rte I-195 - Go over the Bourne Bridge to the rotary. Go ¾ around the rotary to Rt 6A east towards Sandwich. 6 Stay on Rte 6A (about 6 miles) and go straight through the traffic light at the exit for Rte 6. (Do not get on to Rte 6.) Continue on Rte 6A through 3 more traffic lights (at Merchants Square, Tupper Road, and Jarvis Street). The Sandwich Hatchery entrance is ½ mile from the Jarvis Street traffic light on the right, directly across from Dewey Avenue and a mini-golf course.

From Rte 3 and points North - Take Rte 3 to the Sagamore Bridge, staying in the right lane on Rte 6. Take the first exit (Exit 1/Sandwich). At the bottom of the ramp, take a right on to Rte 6A, go through three traffic lights (at Merchants Square, Tupper Road, and Jarvis Street). The Sandwich Hatchery entrance is ½ mile from the Jarvis Street traffic light on the right, directly across from Dewey Avenue and a mini-golf course.

From the East on Rte 6 - Take Rte 6 west to Exit 3. Go right onto Quaker Meeting House Road and follow to Rte 6A (0.8 mi). Go left (west) on Rte 6A for 1.4 miles. Hatchery entrance is on the left across from Dewey Avenue and a small park.

Directions to Bitzer Hatchery, Montague

From the MassPike and Rte I - 91- From the Pike, take Exit 4 to I-91 North. Take exit 24, (signed Rte 5 & 10/Deerfield) onto Rtes 5 & 10 north, bear right at the end of the ramp. At the traffic lights, take a right onto Rte 116 south towards Sunderland. (signed Sunderland, Amherst) Continue on 116 south, over the Connecticut River, and turn left at the lights in Sunderland center onto Rte 47 north (signed Montague, Millers Falls). Follow Rte. 47 north approximately 4.7 miles where it will end. Bear left on Main Street (unmarked) towards Montague Center. When entering Montague Center village, at the common bear left toward Turners Falls. (The road becomes Turners Fall Road.) Drive 2 miles. Hatchery Road is on the left, note brown Bitzer hatchery sign. Turn left and follow to the hatchery.

From Route 2 (East or Westbound on Rte 2) - At the traffic lights in Gill (by Turners Falls Bridge and gas station across the corner) turn and cross the bridge over the river towards Turners Falls. After crossing the bridge, continue straight (This is Avenue A). At the first traffic light, turn left onto 3rd Street and continue up the hill, bearing right which becomes Turners Falls Road. Go straight through the stop sign by the fire station. Hatchery Road will be 1.7 miles beyond the fire station on the right. Turn right on to Hatchery Road and follow to the hatchery.