The Great Falls Discovery Center hosts community programs and events, rotating art exhibits in our Great Hall and a Coffee House hosted by the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center.

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17th Annual Free Family Fishing Day*

June 15 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT


Join us for a day of FREE fishing fun at Barton Cove in Gill, MA, with additional activities at the Great Falls Discovery Center. Adults and children of all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Event is held rain or shine. Parking is free.

At Barton Cove Campground: Barton Cove Road in Gill

  • Free fishing from 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. All ages welcome.
  • Fishing equipment provided – limited supplies available. Bring your own pole if you have one.
  • No MA fishing license needed.

At Great Falls Discovery Center: 2 Avenue A

  • Fly lure tying demonstrations.
  • Come see a guest fish from the USGS Conte Anadromous Fish Research Lab.
  • Fish printing – The art of Gyotaku, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm.
  • CATCH THE FISH BUS HERE! Free shuttle bus to and from Barton Cove, as needed, from 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.

Food, Farms, and Factories

*In 2024, the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center present programs and exhibits about Food, Farms, and Factories, continuing conversations about rural life in Turners Falls and Franklin County. Supported by the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center, RiverCulture, the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and Montague Public Libraries. Funded by Mass Humanities through the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit to learn more.


June 15
10:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT
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Great Falls Discovery Center


2 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376 United States
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Barton Cove Road
Gill, MA United States
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