NEW YORK (WWI) – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that the agency will host the 24th Annual Salmon River Fish Hatchery Open House and Family Day.

This event will be held on Saturday, September 23, from 9am to 3pm at the Salmon River Fish Hatchery located at 2133 County Road 22 in Altmar, Oswego County, and celebrates National Hunting and Fishing Day. Admission is free and everyone is encouraged to attend this event rain or shine.

“DEC invites outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, abilities and interests to the annual Salmon River Fish Hatchery Open House – the open house provides visitors with a unique, behind-the-scenes peek at how DEC helps promote world-class lake trout and salmon fisheries in Ontario and its tributaries, Including the famous Salmon River.

District 7 Director Dereth Glance

Congress designated National Hunting and Fishing Day in 1972 to encourage people to experience, understand and appreciate traditional outdoor sports and recreation and our abundant natural resources and to recognize hunters and anglers for their leadership in fish and wildlife conservation.

DEC will be giving tours of the facility between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., providing behind-the-scenes access to the inner workings of the hatchery. Attendees can also:

  • Visit the newly redesigned fish observation deck;
  • Observe New York fish in the hatchery’s aquarium;
  • Learn about rare and endangered fish species in New York State; And
  • Kids can learn how to throw a fishing rod.

To complement the scheduled program events, numerous conservation organizations, hunting and fishing 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.

Attendees can also visit nearby Salmon River Falls, a unique DEC area located approximately six miles from the hatchery. The area offers hiking trails—including a short, quarter-mile crushed stone trail that leads to two lookouts for a 110-foot waterfall.

More information about the Salmon River Fish Hatchery and the unique Salmon River Falls area and to view the Salmon River Management and Restoration Plans, visit the DEC website.

Specific questions about the open house can be directed to Betsy Ukeritis, DEC Environmental Educator, at 315-314-0768.

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