The 15th annual Salmon River Hatchery Open House

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will hold its 15th annual Salmon River Hatchery Open House and Family Day on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010. Open house hours will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., held in conjunction with the celebration of "National Hunting and Fishing Day."

There will be activities, seminars, and demonstrations throughout the day. Salmon River Corridor outdoor recreational opportunities will be highlighted in each program. Activities, programs and demonstrations will be geared towards hands on activities for youth and families. This year a new art program, courtesy of the Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust, will be featured at the hatchery and the falls.

The open house will be held rain or shine, and admission is free.

The Salmon River Hatchery is located at County Route 22, Altmar, Oswego County.

On Friday evening, Sept. 24, there will be a special seminar featuring John Kendall, President of the Credit River Anglers Association from Ontario, Canada. Kendall's presentation will focus on the role private angler association play in Ontario. Topics include fisheries and habitat management, steelhead enhancement programs, Atlantic salmon restoration, fish culture and stocking of Pacific salmon, stream bank restoration and scientific monitoring. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a socializing opportunity; the program begins at 7 p.m.

Participation in Friday night's activities will be limited to 75 persons; participants must register in advance. To register, call 315-298-760, or e-mail or stop by at the Salmon River Hatchery lobby desk.

On Saturday, there will be many opportunities for learning and fun. You can tour the hatchery with DEC staff, observe the rare and endangered fish exhibit or learn about fishing for Pacific salmon. Bring the family and learn to cast a fishing rod, tie flies, fly cast and fly fish while enjoying the beautiful fall scenery of the Salmon River Corridor. Kids can participate in "Backyard Bass" and Hook and Ladders fishing programs, or discover the living creatures of Beaver Dam Brook. Families can learn about the heritage of hunting and shooting sports through the 4-H Shooting Sports Program, and participate in the highly popular laser shot game. And persons of all ages may enjoy observing migrating salmon in the fish ladder through the ladder's underwater camera and taking a nature walk at the Salmon River Falls.

Tours of the Salmon River Hatchery will be given every half hour starting at 10:30 a.m. This is the one opportunity during the year where the public is able to access the working parts of the facility with a more up-close-and-personal tour.

Guests can visit the 110-feet-high Salmon River Falls, a DEC Unique Area located four miles from the hatchery. This year at the falls and the hatchery, the Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust will have its "Annual Plein Air Paint Out" -- a group of artists painting together outdoors. The public is invited to visit with the artists, observe their work in progress and ask questions. Paintings created throughout the day will be auctioned off that evening and all proceeds will benefit the land trust.

Along with the scheduled program events there will be many conservation organizations and agencies on hand providing information about their role in the Salmon River Corridor and the Lake Ontario Ecosystem.

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