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Salmon River Fish Hatchery

Altmar, Oswego Co.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all DEC fish hatcheries are currently closed to the public. This is necessary to protect the health of our hatchery employees and to help reduce large gatherings of people.
For the Salmon River Fish Hatchery, this includes the grounds, the fish ladder, the viewing deck, and the visitor center.
Waterfalls and fall foliage on the Salmon river (image copyright of Joseph Le Fevre)
Waterfalls and fall foliage on the Salmon river
Photo Credit: Joseph Le Fevre
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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

Recreational Opportunities

  • Self-guided tours
  • Informational exhibits and mounted fish

Accessible Features


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.


430 acres

Closest Town



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)

Contact information

Address: 2133 County Route 22, Altmar, NY 13302
Telephone: 315-298-5051
Website: DEC Salmon River fish hatchery