The Pequest Trout Hatchery and
Natural Resource Education Center
Pequest will remain closed on weekends except for limited scheduled events/programs.
Anyone with an interest in fish, wildlife or the outdoors will enjoy a visit to
the state-of-the-art Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education
Center. Pequest began operations when trout production was transferred from
the Charles O. Hayford Hatchery
in Hackettstown in 1981.
Visitors are encouraged
to take advantage of the hiking trails, including the self-guided interpretive "Natural Resources Trail," picnic areas and free literature. Many opportunities exist for hunting, hiking, fishing and birding on the 4800-acre Pequest Wildlife Management Area - see the topo
map (pdf, 390kb) for details.
Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., the center offers visitors
a look at how more than 600,000 brook, brown and rainbow trout are raised each
year for stocking the public waters
of New Jersey.
Take a Virtual
Tour (pdf, 545kb)
Visitors are invited to explore the newly renovated Exhibit Hall to learn about the hatchery and New Jersey's wildlife. Children will find the interactive displays fun as well as educational. A self-guided tour allows visitors to see where the trout are actually raised. The exhibit hall contains live fish as well as a display of mounted New Jersey wildlife specimens. The entire facility is barrier-free.
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: