ALBANY – Officials with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have announced that the agency will hold the 21st Annual Salmon River Hatchery Open House and Family Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23. The event celebrates the 35th National Hunting and Fishing Day. The Salmon River Hatchery is located at 2133 County Route 22, Altmar, Oswego County. Admission is free, and all are encouraged to attend.
"DEC’s annual Salmon River Hatchery Open House is a great opportunity for everyone – kids, families and outdoor enthusiasts – to learn about and participate in the many wonderful recreational opportunities the Salmon River Corridor offers," said DEC Region 7 Director Matthew Marko. “The Salmon River Hatchery plays an integral role in producing the world-class salmon and trout fishery in Lake Ontario and its tributaries, including the famed Salmon River."
National Hunting and Fishing Day was designated by Congress in 1972 as a day to encourage people from across the country to experience, understand and appreciate traditional outdoor sports and recreation, our abundant natural resources, and recognize hunters and anglers for their leadership in fish and wildlife conservation. This year’s theme is “Keep America Fishing,” focusing on the opportunities for fun and enjoyment that recreational fishing offers and providing these opportunities for generations to come.
DEC officials will lead tours of the facility throughout the day, providing attendees with behind-the-scenes access to the hatchery’s inner workings. The popular fish ladder also will be on display, offering an opportunity to view salmon as they migrate.
Additionally, children will have an opportunity to learn to cast a fishing rod, tie flies, participate in a laser shooting range, observe the aquatic life of Beaverdam Brook, and learn about rare and threatened fish species in New York state.
In addition to the scheduled program events, several conservation organizations, fishing and hunting clubs, and outdoor recreation groups will be on hand with displays and activities to provide information about their role in the Salmon River Corridor and the Lake Ontario ecosystem.
Guests also can visit the nearby Salmon River Falls, which is a designated DEC Unique Area located four miles from the hatchery. The area offers several hiking trails, including a short and accessible trail that leads to an observation point for the 110-foot waterfall, offering views of spectacular scenery.
For more information about the Salmon River Hatchery and the Salmon River Falls Unique Area, visit DEC’s website at www.dec.ny.gov.
For specific questions about the day's events, contact Fran Verdoliva, NYSDEC Salmon River coordinator, at (315) 298-7605.