Programs and Events
at the Pequest Trout Hatchery

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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 require registration; registration opens two weeks prior to program date. All registration is done online.

  • All programs and special events, including parking, are FREE unless otherwise noted.

  • 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 a license agent, or online at

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Family Fishing Basics - FULL

Thursday, August 25 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join the knowledgeable staff and volunteers at the Pequest Trout Hatchery and learn some fishing basics. Staff will talk about the history and use of the hatchery, safety and ethics of fishing. They will go over equipment and how it is used. After the discussion, participants will practice casting before heading to the pond for some hands-on fishing experience. Participants are encouraged to bring a cooler with ice so that they can bring their catch home and enjoy a fresh fish dinner. To register, please go to


Senior Fishing Rodeo

Tuesday, September 13 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Pequest staff is excited to host our third Senior Fishing Rodeo. Are you 65 years of age or older? Join the Pequest staff for a few hours of relaxing outdoor time as we wet our lines in the pond. Pequest has stairs leading down to the pond edge and a wheelchair accessible platform for those who can't use the stairs. Whether you used to fish and just haven't gotten out in a while, have a hard time finding good access that works for you or want to get back into it, we'd love to have you join us. To register, please go to

Parents Only Fishing Class

Thursday, September 15 from 7:00 pm Ė 9:00 pm and Thursday, September 22 from 7:00 pm to dusk
*must attend both sessions

Does a child in your life want to fish, but youíve never learned how? Momís, Dadís, caregivers please join us as we teach the basics of angling. Spend two evenings at Pequest Trout Hatchery in Oxford, NJ learning about equipment, techniques, and tactics. At the end of this experience, you will know fishing basics and more importantly you will be prepared to teach children how to fish safely.

We provide the learning equipment, expertise and a trout stocked pond for this adventure. We canít promise you any trout at the end of the event because this is fishing not catching, but what we can promise is some fun, a few laughs and a learning experience like no other in the relative peace and quiet of an early summerís evening on a quiet pond.

So, find someone willing to take the kids for a few hours and join us for a life changing experience. Class size is limited 20 adults, 18 years and older.

To register, please go to


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.