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Programs and Events at the Pequest Trout Hatchery

Open Monday through Friday
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Weekends For Special Events/Programs Only
The public is invited to learn about New Jersey's fish and wildlife resources and ways to enjoy them through special programs and events at Pequest. Take advantage of these unique opportunities and get outdoors!
  • All programs and special events, including parking, are FREE unless otherwise noted.

  • All programs require pre-registration unless noted. Registration opens two weeks prior to the event. For registration or information call 908-637-4125 ext. 0.

  • Events are held rain or shine outdoors so dress for the weather.

  • Programs and special events at Pequest are supported through the sale of fishing and hunting licenses and related stamps. In order to help us continue to offer programs and special events, participants are encouraged to purchase a fishing license at the Natural Resource Education Center or online at


Fly Fishing Clinic for Families & Beginners
Sunday, October 11
Part I: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Part II: 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Fall in love with fishing by joining us for this all-day hands-on workshop. Greg Becker of White Water Flies and volunteers will guide you step-by-step through the intricate art of fly tying a wooly bugger and the mellifluous casting technique of fly fishing for trout. Learn a new skill you can practice for life!

Part I will cover basic fly tying to make attractive fly fishing lures. Each participant will make at least two lures. After lunch, Part II will introduce the basics of fly casting techniques, and participants will get to try their skills on the Pequest Education Pond. Participants 16 and older must have a valid NJ fishing license with trout stamp which can be purchased upon arrival. Bring your lunch and plenty of water.

There is a $15 fee per adult and $5 per child payable to White Water Flies. For more information and to register call Greg at (201) 230-5455. SPACE IS LIMITED so register now. Dress for the weather. Heavy rain may cancel.


Weather fans take note: The Pequest Trout Hatchery 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:

The Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center is located on Rt. 46 nine miles west of Hackettstown in scenic Warren County. On-line directions are available. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) and admission is free.

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