Description - Visitors to the 557 acres of Federal public land at Barre Barre Falls Dam is a "dry bed reservoir" since normally there is no water stored in the river. Visitors usually only see the water in the Ware River passing through the dam. However, if you visit after a large rainfall or a period of rapidly melting snow, you may see a lake stretching upstream of the dam. Its storage capacity of 7.9 billion gallons of water could fill a train of tank cars approximately 60 miles long.
- Falls Dam will find wetlands, forests, open fields, and river areas. These habitat are home to many species including songbirds, seasonal migrant birds, ravens, waterfowl, moose, whitetail deer, wild turkey, fox, and rabbits. After a short drive, visitors from the local metropolitan areas can lose themselves in the tranquility of nature. Protected from the pressures of urban expansion, the Ware River Watershed is one of southern New England's most beautiful rural areas.
Recreation - There is something for everyone to enjoy - canoeing, picnicking, hunting, fishing, hiking, horseshoes, sightseeing, mountain bike riding, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, 18-hole disc golf, and wildlife observation.
Climate - Massachusetts experiences four distinct seasons with slightly varying temperatures in the inland and coastal regions. Along the coast the water is a moderating factor that often prevents large amounts of snowfall from accumulating through the winter. Summer temperatures are usually cooler than low lying inland areas, due to ocean breezes. This region of the country experiences high humidity in the summer season and temperatures that average close to 80 degrees F. Fall and Spring are pleasant times to visit the region with crisp air and low humidity. Brilliant foliage colors can be found in the central and western regions of the state in late September and October. Winter temperatures can be brutally cold on occasion with a humidity-filled wind, but on average winter daytime temperatures reach 35 degrees F and lows reach into the teens. Spring is usually the wettest time of year, but trees, bushes and flowers are blooming by early May.
From Gardner on Massachusetts Route 2, take Exit 23, Route 68. Travel south on Route 68 to Route 62, then two miles west to the dam.
From Massachusetts Interstate 495, take 290 to 190 to the Holden Exit, Route 68. Take a left and follow Route 68 North until you come to Route 62. Take a left at the blinking light. Barre Falls Dam is approximately two miles down on the left.