Salmon River Fish Hatchery
Altmar, Oswego Co.
The Salmon River Fish Hatchery offers visitors a close look at some of fishing's most sought-after sportfish - salmon and trout. Visitors in October or late March to early April can see salmon jumping the fish ladder. You can also watch the spawning process, where eggs are taken from female fish and fertilized by male fish. Each year, this hatchery produces more than 2 million fingerlings (young fish 3-5 inches long) and close to 1 million yearlings (fish one year old or over).
Wildlife to Watch
Where to Watch
- 56 aluminum starter tanks
- 24 large outdoor concrete raceways
- 4 outdoor circular tanks
- Self-guided tours
- Informational exhibits and mounted fish
See what happens inside a working fish hatchery with self-guided tours of this accessible facility, which includes informational exhibits and mounted fish. There is designated accessible parking at the hatchery entrance. Accessible bathrooms are available as well. A full list of DEC's accessible recreation destinations is available on the DEC website.
See Google Maps for step by step directions to the Salmon River Fish Hatchery (This link leaves the DEC website. Hold "Shift" while clicking on the link to open it in a new window)
Address: 2133 County Route 22, Altmar, NY 13302
Website: DEC Salmon River fish hatchery
Photo Credit: Joe LeFevre