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Next Council Meeting

September 23, 2018 from 10:00 to 12:00  for Quarterly Council meeting. Please add to your schedules and forward to other interested members of your chapters.

We’ll hold the meeting at Tighe & Bond’s 6th floor office at 446 Main Street in Worcester, Mass.


Deerfield River Brown Trout Study New Phase

Mass Fish & Wildlife is starting a new phase of the Deerfield River brown trout study initiated by the Deerfield River Watershed Chapter. See the link to Mass F&W announcement:

Indian Hollow Campground Directions


  • Burn only clean firewood; any wood with nails or brackets is not allowed
  • This facility is for community groups such as schools, scouts and clubs
  • Don’t Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit for further information.

Driving directions to Indian Hollow Rd, Chesterfield, MA 01012 from Northampton, MA:

1.     Head southwest on Bancroft Rd toward Hillside Rd, 0.2 miles.

2.     Turn left onto Franklin St, 0.1 miles.

3.     Take the 2nd right onto Elm St, 0.8 miles.

4.     Continue onto Locust St, 0.8 miles.

5.     Continue onto Main St, 1.0 miles.

6.     At the traffic circle, continue straight onto MA-9 W/N Main St. Continue to follow MA-9 W, 5.1 miles.

7.     Turn left onto MA-143 W/Chesterfield Rd. Continue to follow MA-143, 4.4 miles.

8.     Turn left onto Bisbee Rd, 0.5 miles.

9.     Turn right onto East St, 0.7 miles.

10.   Turn left onto South St, 1.1 miles.

11.   Turn right onto Indian Hollow Rd, 0.6 miles.

Driving directions to Indian Hollow Rd, Chesterfield, MA 01012 from Westfield, MA:

1.     Head south toward Franklin St, 157 ft.

2.     Turn right onto Franklin St, 0.8 miles.

3.     Continue onto US-20 W/Russell Rd. Continue to follow US-20 W, 11.0 miles.

4.     Turn right onto MA-112 N/Bridge Rd/E Main St. Continue to follow MA-112 N, 8.9 miles.

5.     Turn right onto Ireland St, 4.8 miles.

6.     Turn right onto MA-143 E/Main Rd, 2.2 miles.

7.     Turn right onto South St, 2.4 miles.

8.     Turn right onto Indian Hollow Rd, 0.6 miles.


Further information:


Indian Hollow Camping Weekend


With abundant wildlife, lush scenery and coveted waterfront views, Indian Hollow group campsite, located at the Knightville Dam and Reservoir, offers groups and clubs a recreational oasis.

Natural Features:

In summertime and early autumn the open areas of the basin have spectacular blooms of wildflowers. These old fields attract many species of songbirds and butterflies. The Knightville reservoir area is a Massachusetts Watchable Wildlife site, and visitors may catch a glimpse of deer, coyotes, beavers, grouse, turkeys or waterfowl while exploring the area.


The rivers and streams at Knightville offer excellent trout fishing, and the river is stocked with trout in the spring. The surrounding hills provide prime upland game habitat, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts stocks pheasants in the fall. Hunting and fishing are permitted in the area in accordance with posted restrictions and Massachusetts laws.

Visitors can enjoy hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding along several miles of trails and old country roads.

Interpretive programs on the cultural and natural resources, water resources, water safety and flood control are provided by Park Rangers. Tours of Knightville Dam are also available.


Indian Hollow accommodates community groups such as schools, scouts and clubs. Flush toilets, showers and drinking water create a comfortable camping atmosphere.

GBTU Film Night



To buy tickets to the event, and for more information go to

MA/RI Council Meeting 1/28/2018

At today’s MA/RI Council meeting, we planned strategies and goals for the coming year. Chapters represented include Central Mass., Greater Boston, Miller’s River, Nor’East, Northern Rhode Island, and Pioneer Valley. An excellent working group that is both excited by and looking forward to the new year’s activities. New Council Chair, Paul Beaulieu (Pioneer Valley Chapter) is seated 3rd from right, new Vice-Chair, Fred Jennings (Nor’East chapter) is standing on the right, new Treasurer Horace Taft (Deerfield Watershed Chapter) is seated 5th from left, and new Secretary, Mike Vito (Deerfield Watershed Chapter) is seater 2nd from right. Next time you see these people at your local chapter functions, thank them for being your chapter’s representative and/or an officer on the Council. They work hard on behalf of cold water fisheries in our areas.

December Council Elections

The MA/RI Council of TU has a new executive board elected at the December 10, 2017 meeting. Congratulations to all as they lead us into a new year of conservation successes. Pictured, l.-r., Mike Vito, Secretary, Garry Crago, NLC, Fred Jennings, Vice-Chair, Paul Beaulieu, Council Chair. Not shown: Horace Taft-Ferguson, Treasurer.

Chapter affiliation and contact information for each follows:

Mike Vito, Deerfield River Watershed Chapter,

Fred Jennings, Nor’East Chapter,

Garry Crago, Greater Boston Chapter,

Paul Beaulieu, Pioneer Valley Chapter,

Horace Taft-Ferguson, Deerfield River Watershed Chapter,



Deerfield River Brown Trout Redd Study Paying Off

Deerfield River Watershed Chapter Trout Unlimited

Deerfield River TU members took to the water yesterday to get some training in identifying brown trout spawning redds. More than 20 Redds were found in just one location and many contained trout eggs. Redds were marked by GPS coordinates and crucial data was collected from each. Redd identification will continue this week, and all will then be monitored closely for the next few weeks.

Part of the purpose of this study is to get the Deerfield River certified as a wild brown trout watershed. The state Dept. of Fish & Game does not recognize it as such. If the river gets certified, TU could have a greater voice in the relicensing of the dams along the river.

For more photos go to:

Council Meeting

The next MA/RI TU Council Meeting will be held on Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ Mass Audubon Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center in Worcester from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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