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Sept. 9, 2005

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day Sept. 24 at the Salmon River Hatchery

ALTMAR, NY -- Whether it's fishing, hunting, kayaking, or cross-country skiing, families can explore the year-round recreational opportunities along the Salmon River corridor at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's Salmon River Hatchery open house Saturday, Sept. 24.

This is the tenth open house for the hatchery, located at 2133 County Route 22 in Altmar. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. There is no admission charge.

"The hatchery provides over five million salmon and trout per year to the Great Lakes in New York State," said Francis Verdoliva, Salmon River Program Coordinator for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). "There will be many hands-on activities geared to provide a learning experience for the entire family."

The Salmon River is the largest cold-water tributary entering Lake Ontario. Thousands of adult Pacific salmon return from Lake Ontario to the Salmon River every fall. Visitors will be able to see migrating salmon swimming upstream and climbing the fish ladder to return to the hatchery.

Throughout the day there will be demonstrations on casting, tying flies, and fly-fishing. Visitors can view an exhibit of rare and endangered fish or sign up for on-stream demonstrations and learn about fishing for Pacific salmon. Children can identify different fish at the fish petting zoo or visit Beaverdam Brook to learn about aquatic insects and other creatures. Along with the special presentations, many conservation organizations and agencies will provide exhibits and information about their role in the Salmon River Corridor and the Lake Ontario ecosystem.

The nearby Salmon River Falls, on Falls Road in the Town of Orwell, offers trails and viewing areas with spectacular scenery. The more adventurous can walk the trail to the bottom of the gorge of the 110-foot waterfall.

Events at the hatchery are being held in conjunction with National Hunting and Fishing Day. National Hunting and Fishing Day was designated by then-President Richard Nixon and Congress 33 years ago to recognize generations of hunters and anglers for the time and the money they have donated to wildlife conservation programs.

From Pulaski, take NYS Route 13 and head east for approximately seven miles. Turn left onto County Route 22 at Altmar, and follow the signs to the hatchery.

For more information contact the Salmon River Hatchery at (315) 298-7605.

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