June 2 & 3, 2018
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily FREE!
Open House Flyer (pdf, 210kb)
Every year the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center opens its doors to the public for the annual Open House. The Open House is usually held the weekend before Trout Season opens; in 2018, it has been reschedule to June due to snow cover on the original March weekend. The event is held at the Pequest Trout Hatchery near Oxford, Warren County, and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The Open House is free of charge.
This event is great for people of all ages with many things to see and do throughout the day. The Open House allows the Division of Fish and Wildlife to show off the trout we raise at the state-of-the-art Pequest Trout Hatchery and will kick off National Fishing and Boating Week, which runs from June 2 - 10, and is a lead-up to New Jersey's first Free Fishing Day for 2018 on June 9.
Each year, thousands of people come to the hatchery to experience this event for themselves. And each year, the Division of Fish and Wildlife strives to make this a bigger event than the year before. This year is no different, and instead of just focusing on fish, we will be inviting many different outdoor enthusiasts and conservationists to join us in our celebrations. There will be numerous environmental and conservation exhibits, historical reenactors, wildlife artists, carvers and taxidermists with goods and services to sell.
Activities include fishing for kids between the ages of 8 and 16, archery ranges for those aged 10 years and above and more - including the premier of the Firearm Training System used by the Hunter Education program. A sportsmen's flea market will be open so you can purchase what you need to get started or to stock up for the upcoming fishing and hunting seasons.
Food vendors will also participate or you can bring your own lunch and enjoy our picnic groves. Please leave pets at home - only service dogs are permitted on site.
Families, friends, scout troops, church groups, fishing clubs and anyone else who enjoys the outdoors are encouraged to spend a day at this event!
Please note that the rear entrance is closed during Open House. There is no bus parking available.
All vendor/exhibit spaces for the Open House have been filled. Those interested in setting up an exhibit as an artist or being a participating conservation group, historical reenactor or vendor in 2019 should contact Jessica at Jessica.Griglak@dep.nj.gov.
The Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center is located 9 miles west of Hackettstown on Route 46 in scenic Warren County. Come for a family or group outing during the Open House or anytime throughout the year.