20th Annual Salmon River Hatchery Open House, Family Day Set September 24

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will hold its 20th annual Salmon River Hatchery Open House and Family Day on Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is being held in conjunction with the celebration of “National Hunting and Fishing Day.”

The Salmon River Hatchery is located at 2133 County Route 22, Altmar, and admission is free.

Tours of the facility will be given throughout the day, providing attendees with behind-the-scenes access to the inner workings of the hatchery.

In addition, the fish ladder will be on display, offering the opportunity to view salmon as they migrate.

Children will have the opportunity to learn to cast a fishing rod, tie flies, participate in a laser shooting range, observe the aquatic life of Beaverdam Brook and learn about rare and threatened fish species in New York State.

Along with scheduled program events, several conservation organizations, fishing and hunting clubs, and outdoor recreation groups will be on hand with displays and activities providing information about their roles in the Salmon River Corridor and the Lake Ontario Ecosystem.

For more information on the Salmon River Hatchery see its webpage on DEC’s website, http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/21663.html.

Specific questions about the day’s events can be addressed by contacting Fran Verdoliva, NYSDEC Salmon River Coordinator, at 315-298-7605.