Pequest Trout Hatchery | Oxford, New Jersey

April 07, 2015

Trout Hatchery

The Pequest Trout Hatchery in Oxford Township, New Jersey is the only state-owned and operated trout hatchery. It is run by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Up to 700,000 trout annually are prepared for eventual release into the lakes, rivers and streams of New Jersey. 

Last October, after visiting Belvidere and while we were eating at Hot Dog Johnny’s, which I wrote about in my last post, we wandered over to look at the Pequest River flowing behind the restaurant.

Pequest River, New Jersey

We saw this sign:

Trout stocked water sign

We were vaguely wondering about stocking the rivers with trout while on our way home and drove right by The Pequest Trout Hatchery. It was open, so we decided to visit!

Pequest Trout Hatchery

Eggs from trout are taken and put into incubators. When they hatch, they are transferred to the nursery, where they reside in large fiberglass tanks for about 4 months. 

Trout in fiberglass tanks
Trout are moved into raceways
The raceways where the trout mature:

The Raceways at the Pequest Trout Hatchery
Then the trout are transported to their destinations in more than 200 lakes, streams and rivers all around New Jersey.

Pequest Trout Hatchery
Pequest Trout Hatchery
There is an education center in the main building that describes the life of the trout and other wildlife in New Jersey: 

Pequest Trout Hatchery

The long wooden structure with holes is a bee house, and the top one is a bat house. 

Pequest Fish Hatchery Bee House and Bat House

The New Jersey state record black bear. He weighed 829 pounds and was 13 years old.

Big Black Bear

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  1. Lovely captures and interesting :-)

    Have a tanfastic week ahead :-)

  2. Very interesting!
    Thanks for sharing here, and I hope you'll come by to share as well.

  3. Very nice picture, seems like a great center to visit with little ones.
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. A great center for learning.

  5. Replies
    1. Yes, since we don't hunt or fish, we really never thought about where all the trout come from.