2010 Pequest Open House and Fishing Flea Market
March 27 & 28, 2010
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily
This event is great for people of all ages and there are so many things to see and do throughout the day, so plan to celebrate the beginning of trout season and spring. Bring your families, friends, scout troops, church groups, fishing clubs and anyone else for a fun time in the outdoors.
Kids between the ages of 8 and 16 can try their hand at trout fishing a week before the season opens in our Fishing Education Pond. They will be given expert instruction by our staff, Wildlife Conservation Corps volunteers and volunteers from Trout Unlimited. Kids under 8 can try catching one of our trout in the "Kiddie Fishing Tank". And the best part is - we supply all the equipment! Children of all ages can do fish printing, the ancient Japanese art known as Gyotaku. Displays will be set up about fisheries management, aquatic insects and much more.
Visitors at raceway Inside the Natural Resource Education Center, visit with representatives from various conservation groups and learn how they are helping to protect our natural resources. There will also be ongoing fly tying demonstrations and many different wildlife artists, carvers and taxidermists will be here with their artwork and equipment for sale. Don't forget to look inside the Exhibit Hall and learn about the history of Pequest and what we do here. For even more information about the hatchery, don't forget to take the self-guided tour of the facility, where everything will be in full swing in anticipation of the upcoming trout season.
Just outside the main building, our Fishing Flea Market is sure to offer some good deals on both new and used equipment, lures, gear and so much more! So if you're looking to upgrade your fishing equipment or if you're just starting out, you'll want to check out the vendors here.
There will be food vendors on hand at the event or you can bring your own lunch and enjoy one of our 3 picnic areas nestled in the heart of the Pequest Valley.
The Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center is located 9 miles west of Hackettstown on Route 46 in scenic Warren County. Come for a family or group outing during the Open House or anytime throughout the year. Directions to Pequest.
For more information on public or group visitation/programs call 908-637-4125 or see the on-line schedule of public programs.
Schedule of Activities (pdf, 21kb)
Press Release via http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/peqoh.htm