Fish Passage at Flat Rock Dam


Very few things are more important than restoring cultural heritage. In 1895, the Schuylkill River was once a famous shad fishery, rich and abundant in a food source that sustained the Lenape and the founders of our country. By the turn of the century, industry and pollution all but wiped out the shad. Today, things have changed. An enormous effort to restore the shad population brought about the construction of fish ladders along the Schuylkill. One such ladder is located in Lower Merion at Flat Rock Dam. Believe us when we say that there is something magical, ecological, and deeply cultural about watching shad migrrate up the Schuylkill to spawn another generation of America’s “founding fish.” *Shad migration is around the beginning of May each year!