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The Pequest Trout Hatchery and
Natural Resource Education Center

Open Monday through Friday
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Environmental Education Employment Opportunity at Pequest
 
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Pequest Trout Hatchery The Pequest facility includes a Natural Resource Education Center for environmental education as well as the only state-owned and operated trout hatchery. Pequest began operations when trout production was transferred from the Charles O. Hayford Hatchery in Hackettstown in 1981. Pequest produces up to 700,000 trout annually for stocking in the public waters of New Jersey.

Visitors to the site use the area to learn about trout and how they are raised, as well as to use the 4,800 acres of land that surrounds the hatchery for recreational opportunities such as hiking, hunting and bird watching, while great fishing opportunities abound in the nearby Pequest River.

Pequest is open for visitation Monday through Friday, from November 1 through April 1, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Pequest is also open weekends April 1 - October 31. The best time to see the hatchery is from October through May when all areas of the facility are in operation. From May through September, the nursery building is not in use.

Pequest strives to teach visitors about a variety of natural resource topics - from fishing to forestry - in the hopes that visitors will develop the behaviors and skills necessary to become stewards of wildlife and natural resources. Educational programs can be scheduled year round for groups of all ages. Besides scheduled group programs, Pequest teaches about trout and wildlife conservation at its annual Open House and other public events and programs throughout the summer for families, boys and girl scouts.

Trout Stocking Summaries

Trout Fishing in New Jersey

USGS Flow Gauge on Pequest River

Weather fans take note: Pequest has become the newest link in Rutgers University's weather station network. The hatchery is now the site of one of 13 stations throughout the state that feed data to the state's weather and climate monitoring system. To view current weather conditions visit: http://climate.rutgers.edu/njwxnet/station.php?s=1029

arrow Thirty Years of Trout Production at the Pequest Hatchery (2013 article, pdf, 580kb)
arrow New Flow Monitoring System at Pequest - February 2007 Feature Article

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Department of Environmental Protection
P. O. Box 402
Trenton, NJ 08625-0402

Last Updated: December 15, 2014