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For Release: Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Public Invited to 17th Annual Salmon River Hatchery Open House

Tours, Fishing Seminars and Kids Games Highlight Activities

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will hold its 17th Annual Salmon River Hatchery Open House and Family Day on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be held in conjunction with the celebration of "National Hunting and Fishing Day." The Salmon River Hatchery is located at County Route 22, Altmar, Oswego County, and admission is free.

There will be activities, seminars and demonstrations throughout the day geared for learning and fun. 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.

Attendees can tour the hatchery with DEC staff, observe the rare and endangered fish exhibit or learn about fishing for Pacific salmon. Additionally, participants can 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. Learn about the art of custom building canoes which will be on display. And persons of all ages will 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 also visit the 110-feet-high Salmon River Falls, a DEC Unique Area located four miles from the hatchery.

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

On Friday evening, September 21, the Lake Ontario Tributary Anglers Council will sponsor a fishing seminar in the Salmon River Hatchery Auditorium titled "King Salmon: Outside the Box". The speaker will be Loren Williams, owner of FlyGuy's Guide Service. Loren, who has 35 years of fly fishing experience with over 20 years spent on Lake Ontario tributaries, will provide an evening of his personal perspective and experiences fly fishing for Pacific salmon. Loren is a member of the Fly Fishing Team USA and was a former captain of the US Youth Fly Fishing Team that competes in international fly fishing competitions. He is an excellent caster including traditional fly casting, Skagit and Spey casting and is well known for his skills as an innovative fly tier. The evening will begin with a meet and greet social hour starting at 6 p.m. The seminar will begin at 7 p.m. The auditorium seating capacity is 75 so advanced registration is requested by calling the number listed below.

For more information contact Fran Verdoliva, DEC Salmon River Coordinator, at 315-298-7605.

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