This event is great for people of all ages and there are so many things to see and do throughout the day. The Open House allows the Division of Fish and Wildlife to show off the trout we raise at the state-of-the-art Pequest Trout Hatchery and it serves as a reminder that spring has just arrived.
Each year, thousands of people come to the hatchery to experience this event for themselves. And each year, the Division of Fish and Wildlife strives to make this a bigger event than the year before. This year is no different, and instead of just focusing on fish, we will be inviting many different outdoor enthusiasts and conservationists to join us in our celebrations.
There will be numerous environmental and conservation exhibits, historical reenactors, wildlife artists, carvers and taxidermists with goods and services to sell. Activities include fishing, archery ranges, hunter education (pre-registration required), kids' activities and more. A sportsmen's flea market will be open so you can purchase what you need to get started or to stock up for the upcoming fishing and hunting seasons.
♦ Fish Feeding Demonstrations at 11:00 and 2:00 at the Observation Platform. Watch as our
hatchery workers drive around the raceways feeding our hungry trout!
♦ Wildlife Artists and Conservation Groups from 10:00 – 4:00 in the Building. Browse the
artists’ wares and learn how conservation groups are helping the environment.
♦ Sportsmen’s Flea Market from 10:00 – 4:00. Browse through our many vendors and find
everything you need to get started in fishing.
The following activities are scheduled to take place near the Hunting Area:
♦ Introduction to Archery from 10:00 – 3:30. For ages 10 and up. Try shooting our targets
with one of our bows. Instructors will help you learn and improve your archery skills.
The following activities are scheduled to take place in the Pond Area:
♦ Kids Fishing at the pond from 10:30 – 3:30. Kids 8-15 will get a chance to fish in the
Pequest Education Pond and try to catch one of our lunker trout! We supply all the equipment
and kids must register at the pond on the day of the event.
♦ Kiddie Trout Tank at the pond from 10:30 – 3:30. For those kids 7 and under, they can try
their hand at catching one of our trout in the “Kiddie Trout Tank”. All equipment is provided at
♦ Historical Encampment at the pond from 10:00 – 4:00. Step back in time as you watch our
reenactors living in a time gone-by. Watch as they make clothing, cook or set up camp.
Please note that the rear entrance will be closed for this event. Use the main entrance located on Route 46.
More open house information at www.njfishandwildlife.com/peqoh.htm
Directions to Pequest www.njfishandwildlife.com/peqdirct.htm