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The Hackettstown Hatchery Centennial Celebration
June 2 & 3, 2012
10am - 5pm

Centennial logo In 1911, the Roberts Farm in Hackettstown, along with several adjoining properties totaling 100 acres, was secured for a state fish hatchery. This farm was chosen for its ample supply of pure, cool spring water, a running brook (Trout Brook) and convenient, nearby shipping capabilities. Several weeks later, the New Jersey Fish and Game Commission appointed Charles O. Hayford as the superintendent of the facility which would be officially dedicated to him in 1953 and now bears his name.

Now, 100 years later, the Charles O. Hayford (Hackettstown) State Fish Hatchery remains in operation, using state-of-the-art techniques and technology to raise more fish of a greater variety than Mr. Hayford could ever have envisioned. Since the early 1980s, when the trout operation was transferred to the Pequest Trout Hatchery, the hatchery has seen innovation and modernization to provide quality fishing unimaginable when trout were shipped via rail in milk cans.

To celebrate the hatchery's centennial, the facility will open its normally closed gates to the public for a once-in-a-lifetime, hands-on, family fun special event. This will be the only time visitors may see the inside workings of the fish hatchery and learn how thousands of warmwatear and coolwater fish are raised, fish which have provided some of the best fishing in the nation.

Visitors can expect to enjoy the following:
  • Hatchery Tours
  • Fisheries Equipment Demonstrations
  • Giant Mobile Aquarium
  • Fishing in Two Fishing Education Ponds
  • Kiddie Fishing Tank
  • Birding Hikes
  • Historic Exhibits
  • Demonstrations from Muskie Fishing to Turkey Calling to Live Snakes and Everything In Between!
  • Over 50 vendors!
  • Bluegrass Music (Pine Barren Americans, Sunday only)
  • MORE!

Activity Schedule (pdf, 96kb)

Be Part of the Celebration!

The Division of Fish and Wildlife is extending an invitation to exhibitors, vendors and volunteers to be part of this special event. See the following documents for more information:

Exhibitor Information (pdf, 90kb)
Vendor Information (pdf, 100kb)
Volunteer Information (pdf, 45kb)

Inquiries can be directed to

Plan now to attend this special event.

Hackettstown Fish Hatchery
23 Reese Ave
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Directions (pdf, 12kb) - Do not rely on Internet mapping sites, Center St. does not connect to Reese Ave.)
Parking will be at the field near the hatchery entrance, with additional parking at Hatchery Hill School and Centenary College.

No pets other than service animals permitted.

Historic stocking truck

For More Hatchery Information:

The Charles O. Hayford State Fish Hatchery in Hackettstown
Celebrating 100 Years of the Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery (from the 2012 Freshwater Digest, pdf, 530kb)
Superintendents of the Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery (from the 2012 Freshwater Digest, pdf, 620kb)

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