Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery
Located on picturesque countryside in western Onondaga County, the Hatchery was originally developed and operated as a joint venture between Onondaga County and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under a Works Project Administration Grant. One of only four county run hatcheries in the state, Carpenter's Brook has been in continuous operation since its inception in 1938 and produces 80,000+ Brook, Brown and Rainbow Trout annually. Staff and volunteers take great pride in stocking over 100 miles of streams and 10,000 acres of impoundments with 100% of the D.E.C. recommendations for these waters. These efforts are necessary to serve the region with the state's largest per capita fish license sales and contribute significantly to local fishing-oriented retail sales of $4 million/year.
"This is the best place to take little kids! This gramma loves taking her grandkids and they totally enjoy it. Thank you, thank you for keeping it still going!!!"
~ Dolores Petrone, Syracuse, NY
Carpenter's Brook features:
- fish production for farm pond stocking
- a 2-yr old stocking program, producing 9-17" trophy fish
- Seasonal fishing programs for families, seniors and special needs groups. Click here for more info.
- an opportunity to explore nature in a quiet, country setting
- self-guided tour option. Click here to download the brochure.
- small "fish themed" playground and public picnic areas
- unique volunteer opportunities
- Brookside Shelter, available by reservation
- an active Friends group dedicated to supporting the hatchery. Click here to visit their website.
- Trout Stocking Hotline - (315) 689-0003
The hatchery's annual stocking run throughout Onondaga County begins in late March and continues until all fish are released. Anglers can call to find out how many fish were stocked in their favorite streams. The hotline will be updated every Thursday throughout the season and provide information from the preceding week.
Photos by Kimberly Sarakos
Help the Friends of Carpenter's Brook...
Syracuse artist, Tom Lenweaver will donate a portion of the proceeds of the sale of "The Trout of Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery" to benefit the Friends of Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery. The print is a compilation of his previously completed paintings of the three trout reared at the Hatchery. Available double matted and framed, as shown (13"x22") for $110 or print alone (12"x19") for $45.
For more information or to order print, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for more information about the Friends of Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery.
8am-4pm, daily, year round
Brookside Shelter is available to rent from mid-May - mid-October, 10am-5pm
1672 Route 321
Elbridge, NY 13060
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T: (315) 689-9367
F: (315) 689-6536
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