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DEC TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE & FAMILY DAY AT SALMON RIVER FISH HATCHERY

Sept. 27 Event To Be Held In Conjunction With Ceremony For Salmon River Falls Unique Area

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, will hold its 8th-annual Salmon River Hatchery Open House on Saturday, September 27th, 2003. This year's program will include a special ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Salmon River Falls Unique Area. The events will be held rain or shine and there is no charge for admission.

Open House hours at the Salmon River Hatchery will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Salmon River Hatchery is located east of Pulaski, off county Route 22, in Altmar, Oswego County. The National Hunting and Fishing Day activities at the hatchery include seminars, demonstrations, and displays available throughout the day. Programs are geared toward hands on activities for children and families.

Bring the family and participate in any or all the scheduled activities, including: learn to cast a fishing rod; observe migrating salmon in the fish ladder; pre-register and learn how to flyfish (3 sessions limited to children accompanied by an adult, call 315-298-7605); see the rare and endangered fish exhibit; handle and identify fish at the fish petting zoo; discover the living aquatic creatures of Beaverdam Brook; learn to tie flies; participate in "Backyard Bass" and "Hook & Ladders" fishing programs for kids; learn about the heritage of hunting; discover the whitewater opportunities available with a kayak or canoe in the Salmon River Corridor; tour the hatchery; and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Salmon River Greenway. Along with the scheduled events local conservation organizations and agencies will be on hand to display and provide information about their role in the salmon River Corridor and the Lake Ontario Ecosystem.

At 11 a.m. there will be a special ribbon cutting ceremony at the Salmon River Falls Unique Area. This year, DEC will highlight the Salmon River Greenway area which offers outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities for everyone. The Salmon River Falls are located on Falls Road in the Town of Orwell, four miles east of the Salmon River Hatchery.

In conjunction with the Open House, on Friday, September 26, from 6 p.m. to10 p.m., there will be a "Pacific Salmon Tributary Fishing Technique Seminar" presented by the Lake Ontario Steelhead Association. Topics for successful Pacific Salmon angling will include fishing with bait and lures, float fishing with spinning or float rods, and flyfishing techniques. Friday evening activities will be by advance registration only and will be limited to attendance of 75. Participants at the seminars may also register for on stream instruction to take place during the Open House on Saturday September 27th.

For further information on the Salmon River Hatchery Open House, Salmon River Falls Ceremony, or to register for Friday evening fishing seminars contact Fran Verdoliva, DEC Salmon River Program Coordinator, at (315) 298-7605.

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