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Visiting the Pequest Trout Hatchery and
Natural Resource Education Center

Pequest building is currently closed to the public.
Open for scheduled group programs.
WMA open for passive recreation.
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The Pequest Natural Resource Education Center (NREC) offers many recreational opportunities such as:

  • Fishing in the Pequest River
  • Hunting
  • Archery Range
  • Dog Training Area
  • Hiking
  • Bird Watching
  • Nature Photography

The Pequest NREC offers 3.9 miles of trails through a variety of habitats. The Red Trail offers interpretive signs about the habitat and is used to access the other two trails on site, the Yellow and Blue trails. Horses, bikes, ATVs and other motorized vehicles are not permitted on the Wildlife Management Area.

Pequest Trails Guide (pdf, 212kb)

Self-Guided Hatchery Tour - Closed Due to COVID-19

Learn about the Pequest Trout Hatchery by following the self-guided hatchery tour, marked by green trout on the sidewalks that lead to two different hatchery areas. The first sidewalk will take you up to the Nursery Building where you can look through the windows of both the Egg Room and the Nursery Area. The Egg Room is in operation from mid-September through early October. The Nursery Area is in use from Late September through mid-May.

The second sidewalk will take you the Observation Platform where you can overlook the raceways or pools filled with trout. The raceways hold fish year-round.

Pequest Trout Hatchery Self-guided Tour Booklet (pdf, 1.4mb)

Pequest Trout Hatchery Virtual Tour (pdf, 1.3mb)
Pequest Trout Hatchery Virtual Tour (pps, 9.2mb)

Please note that Pequest and all state WMAs are "carry in - carry out" locations and trash/recylcing receptacles are not provided; please plan accordingly to not leave any trash or recyclables behind.

NOTE: Licenses, stamps and permits are sold at Pequest, but only checks or credit cards are accepted.


Interpretive Center
Closed Due To COVID-19


Open daily, dawn till dusk
Pequest Trails Guide (pdf, 212kb)

Wildlife Management Area

Open 5:00 am - 9:00 pm daily.

Open 9:00 pm - 5:00 am for lawful hunting, fishing or trapping activities ONLY.

WMA Topo Map (pdf, 3.7mb)
WMA Road Map (pdf, 275kb)

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Department of Environmental Protection
P.O. Box 402
Trenton, NJ 08625-0402

Last Updated: July 6, 2020