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Get to Know Lake Warner in Hadley

Lake Warner, one of the oldest historic landmarks in Hadley, was created by a dam along the 13.5 mile-long Mill River more than 350 years ago. Also known as North Hadley Pond, the historic millpond has been a part of the cultural landscape for centuries, with people enjoying boating and fishing there year-round.

This month, join our partners, the Friends of Lake Warner & the Mill River (FoLW), for a series of events celebrating the natural beauty, recreation, and rich history of the 70-acre lake during their “Get to Know Lake Warner” event series.

With a mission to encourage public appreciation and use of Lake Warner, as well as improve the health of the lake, FoLW monitors the condition of the lake, provides nature education to the public, and supports the land as a refuge for wildlife and outdoor recreation, like bird-watching and canoeing. Kestrel partners with this group to ensure the lake will remain an integral part of the historic and scenic landscape of North Hadley.

“Get to Know Lake Warner” Event Schedule

HEADLINER: Karrin Allyson Concert, May 19, 4 pm

Five-time Grammy nominee Karrin Allyson, vocalist, pianist, songwriter, and good friend of the Valley, will perform at the North Hadley Congregational Church for a Lake Warner Fundraiser. This intimate, fun, musical afternoon featuring her signature mix of styles will include two other fantastic NYC-based artists: Ted Rosenthal on piano and Noriko Ueda on bass.

Get To Know Lake Warner at the Hadley Library, May 13-19 during library hours

Get to know Lake Warner will be a featured topic with select titles on History of Lake Warner & North Hadley, Water Ecology, Watershed Conservation.

Outdoor Art Workshop with Julio Neijens, May 11, 10 am to 12 pm

Come play, create, and learn at North Hadley Congregational Church!

The Geology of Mt Warner with Geologist Richard Little, May 15, 4 – 6 pm

Join Geologist Richard Little for a walk on Mount Warner

Birding with John Greene a well-known naturalist, May 17, 5:30 – 7 pm

Go canoeing and birding on Lake Warner with John Greene

Canoe Fundraiser for FOLW with Adventure East, May 18, 4 – 6 pm

Take a canoe out for a paddle on the lovely Lake Warner!

Register for any of these events here.

A Brief History of the Partnership

The Friends of Lake Warner began as a group of people that cared about the future of Lake Warner, becoming an official non-profit in 2013 to help save the historic dam. Kestrel had become the owner of the dam in 2011 after merging with Valley Land Fund, and in 2017 made the investment to repair the dam with the support of FoLW and the Hadley community. Kestrel then transferred ownership of the dam to the FoLW, and also gifted a 5-acre waterfront conservation area at the east end of the lake. The area is protected by a Conservation Restriction ensuring it will remain a natural area for public enjoyment for generations to come.


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