OUR COMMITMENT TO RECREATIONAL ACCESS

As part of the company’s commitment to environmental awareness and sustainability, FirstLight maintains and operates nature trails and recreation and environmental programs at our facilities in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Numerous opportunities are offered year-round for the public and school groups free of charge.

Choose a recreational area below to learn more about it.

Please use the list below the map to select a location.

Barton Cove and Munn's Ferry Campgrounds
Connecticut River Cruise
Northfield Mountain Recreation & Environmental Center
Turners Falls Fishway
Bulls Bridge Recreation Area
Dike Point Interpretive Trail
Falls Village Recreation Area
Scotland Dam Recreation Area
Shepaug Recreational Area
Stevenson Recreation Area

massachusetts recreation

  • Barton Cove and Munn's Ferry Campgrounds
  • Connecticut River Cruise
  • Northfield Mountain Recreation & Environmental Center
  • Turners Falls Fishway

connecticut recreation

  • Bulls Bridge Recreation Area
  • Dike Point Interpretive Trail
  • Falls Village Recreation Area
  • Scotland Dam Recreation Area
  • Shepaug Recreational Area
  • Stevenson Recreation Area

Barton Cove and Munn’s Ferry Campgrounds

Situated along the Connecticut River in Massachusetts, Barton Cove and Munn's Ferry campgrounds are closed at this time. Please see our statement below.

Barton Cove

The facilities at Barton Cove are now open for trail and open space use only.

Camping is not open at this time. We will only start taking reservations, when we open for camping.

Restroom facilities and picnic tables at these parks are not available for use because they cannot be sanitized per state guidelines. For your own safety and that of others, please do not use the trash receptacles. Please carry out what you carry in.

Canoe and kayak rentals, as well as the portage service through Turners Falls will also remain closed. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and hope to open as soon as possible.

Barton Cove specializes in rustic tent-only camping.  The campground is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Each campsite has a picnic table, grills and campfire ring. Vehicle use in the campground is restricted to unloading during arrival and loading during departure. Showers are available near the ranger station, and there are two group sites available for larger parties interested in camping together. Two sites suitable for pop-up trailers or class C camper vans are also available. The sites have no utility hookups. Scout groups can camp by special arrangement through November.

 Campground Map and Rules and Regulations.

This year, reservations for Barton Cove and Munn’s Ferry will be taken beginning Wednesday, May 6th, by calling (413) 863-9300. A deposit is required to secure your reservation. Deposits are partially refundable only, with eight days’ notice or 31 days for group sites.

Campground Fees:

Tent Sites Group Site #1
50 people maximum
Group Site #2
30 people maximum
$22 / night $60 / night $40 / night

Munn's Ferry

Munn’s Ferry in Northfield is a small camping area for boaters and paddlers only. This campground is only accessible by boat. Tent sites are $22/night and the Adirondack shelter is $30/night. Potable water is not available on site and reservations are required. Munn’s Ferry is open Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day.  Munn’s Ferry is Closed Until Further Notice.

Please see Munn’s Ferry Map and Policies for more information

Canoe/Kayak Rentals

Barton Cove has 50 water craft including canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards that can be rented for 2 hours or for the day. Each rental comes complete with personal flotation devices and paddles. Call (413) 863-9300 for more information. Closed until further notice.

Click here for Paddlesport Rental Waiver Form.

Rental Fees:

Canoes / Kayaks
0 to 2 hours
Canoes / Kayaks
By the day
$25  $40

Campground and Canoe/Kayak Rental Office Directions

Barton Cove is located on Route 2, in Gill, Massachusetts.

From the North or South via Route 91: Take exit 27, travel East for 3 miles on Route 2, the campground office entrance is on your right.

From the East via Route 2: Cross the Connecticut River on the French King Bridge, go approximately 3 miles, campground office is on your left, one-quarter mile past the campground entrance.

Physical address: 82 French King Highway, Gill, MA 01354. Mail address: 99 Millers Falls Road, Northfield, MA 01360

Turners Falls Dam Portage

General Information

In accordance with the Department of Public Health recommendations to maintain social distancing, Firstlight cannot provide portage services through Turners Falls. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and we hope to resume this service soon.

  1. Portages around the dam are available seven days a week during daylight hours for canoes and kayaks. 
  2. Due to the unpredictability of river travel times for boaters, portages are performed on an as needed basis for groups with four or fewer boats.
  3. Groups with more than four boats are asked to call one month in advance to plan ahead for portage dates.

On most days, portages will be provided within 15 to 90 minutes of the boater’s telephone call. Paddlers should have all gear unloaded and wait by their craft.

Portage Procedure:

Portages have been suspended until further notice

  1. Paddle to Barton Cove Canoe & Kayak Rental Area and unload gear from boats.
  2. Call 413-659-3761 to request a pick up.

Barton Cove is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. During closed hours or off-season paddlers need to use their own phones.

Portages drop paddlers off at Poplar Street in Montague City. Pick Up and Drop Off Points can be found on this interactive map.

As you paddle into Barton Cove, look for the colorful rack of rental boats to help you find the Canoe and Kayak Rental area.

Interested in learning more about Barton Cove?

Read our Quest Brochure.

Location

82 French King Highway, Gill, MA 01354
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available activities

Boating
Fishing
Camping
Picnicking
Paddlesports
Hiking
Boat launch