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The Pequest Trout Hatchery and
Natural Resource Education Center

Open seven days a week through October
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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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.

Open daily (excluding holidays) between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., the center offers visitors a look at how more than 600,000 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.

Pequest Trout Hatchery
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.

A list of upcoming weekday programs can be viewed on-line. Organized group programs may be scheduled and can include an actual fishing experience at the "Fishing Education Pond."

Pequest is located on Rt. 46 nine miles west of Hackettstown in scenic Warren County. On-line directions are available. For further information about programs and visitation call 908-637-4125, or write:

N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife
Pequest Trout Hatchery & Natural Resource Ed. Ctr.
605 Pequest Rd.
Oxford, NJ 07863

Pequest Trails Guide (pdf, 212kb)
Pequest Trout Hatchery Virtual Tour (pdf, 545kb)

Trout Stocking Summaries
Trout Fishing in New Jersey

Pequest raceways

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:

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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