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Each year the Division of Fish and Wildlife's Bureau of Freshwater Fisheries holds three public forums to improve communication with the angling public and to solicit public input in shaping freshwater fisheries programs in the future. The forums are a perfect opportunity for all freshwater anglers to learn about existing programs and to share their views and recommendations.

Forum topics cover all aspects of freshwater management, including both warmwater and coldwater fisheries. Each year updates on specific management activities are provided, as well as open discussions on future management recommendations. Over the years various regulatory, management and stocking changes have resulted from suggestions from anglers attending the forums.

North Jersey Fisheries Forum - January 21, 2017: Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery
South Jersey Fisheries Forum - February 18, 2017: Batsto Village Visitor's Center
Trout Meeting - February 25, 2017: Pequest Trout Hatchery

As always, there will be ample time for open discussion with professional staff to answer any questions or address concerns of anglers during the extended question and answer period.

Come be an integral part in the development of future programs and regulations related to New Jersey's freshwater fisheries resources.

DIRECTIONS TO HACKETTSTOWN STATE FISH HATCHERY (NORTH JERSEY FORUM)
The Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery is located at 23 Reese Ave., Hackettstown, NJ 07840.

From Route 80
Take Exit 19 (Allamuchy, Andover, Hackettstown) Route 51.7
Take left off of ramp onto 517 to Hackettstown.
Straight to light at junction with Route 46 (Main St.). Straight across onto Grand Avenue.
Take Grand Ave. to Fifth Ave and make a left onto Fifth Ave.
Take Fifth Ave to the end and make a right into Hatchery.
Go through brick gate and chainlink fence to first green building on right.

From Route 46
Take Route 46 to light at the intersection of 517 (High St.) and Grand Ave.
Turn onto Grand Ave. (directly opposite route 517).
Take Grand Ave. to Fifth Ave. and make a left onto Fifth Ave.
Take Fifth Ave to the end and make a right into Hatchery.
Go through brick gate and chainlink fence to first green building on right.

From Route 31
Take Route 57 East in Washington, NJ about 9 miles to the light at the Intersection of Route 57, Newburg Rd. and Allen Rd.
Make a left onto Allen Rd. (Shop-Rite Plaza on the left corner)
Straight on Allen Rd. about 1.5 miles to T intersection at the end.
Make a right onto Rockport Rd. Go through one lane railroad tunnel.
Continue to Fifth Ave. and make a right.
Take Fifth Ave. to the end and make a right into hatchery.
Go through brick gate and chainlink fence to first green building on right.

DIRECTIONS TO BATSTO VILLAGE (SOUTH JERSEY FORUM)
Historic Batsto Village is located on Route 542 in Wharton State Forest, Washington Township, Burlington County. It is about 45 miles southeast of Philadelphia and approximately 25 miles northwest of Atlantic City. The nearest town is Hammonton, NJ 08037, which is about 8 miles to the west.

Parkway from South Jersey
Take the Garden State Parkway North to Exit #50 (New Gretna) onto Route 9 North to a Citgo Gas Station.
Turn left onto Route 542.
Continue for 12 miles; Batsto Village is on the right.

Parkway from North Jersey
Take the Garden State Parkway South to Exit #52 (New Gretna). Turn right at stop sign onto E. Greenbush Road. Make left at next stop sign. Go over two small wooden bridges. Pilgrim Lake Campground will be on the right. Make left onto Leektown Road.
Continue 2 miles to a stop sign. Stay straight on Leektown Road for 3 miles to stop sign.
Turn right onto Route 542 West.
Stay on 542 for approximately 9 miles. Batsto Village is on the right.

From Trenton/Mt. Holly Area
Take Route 206 South to mile marker #3 and make a left onto Route 613.
Continue on 613 and make left onto Route 693.
Follow 693 until the road ends and make left onto Route 542; Batsto Village is on your left.

DIRECTIONS TO PEQUEST TROUT HATCHERY (TROUT MEETING)
The main entrance to the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center is on Rt. 46 between Great Meadows and Buttzville, approximately 9 miles west of Hackettstown in Warren County. The mailing, 911 and GPS address is 605 Pequest Rd., Oxford, NJ 07863 - the hatchery's rear entrance.

Rt. 80 from North Jersey
Take Exit #19 (Rt. 517): Go south toward Hackettstown approximately 5 miles.
At the traffic light in downtown Hackettstown make a right onto Rt. 46 West (Main St.).
Go approximately 9 miles to hatchery entrance on eastbound side.

Rt. 78 from North Jersey
Take Exit #17 (Rt. 31).
Take Rt. 31 North approximately 17 miles to its end at Rt. 46.
Make a right onto Rt. 46 East. Hatchery entrance is approximately 2.5 miles.

Garden State Parkway from South Jersey
Take Exit #127 immediately after the Driscoll Bridge over the Raritan River.
Follow signs for Rt. 440/I-287 North.
Take Rt. 287 North to exit #30 onto Rt. I-78 West.
Follow Rt. 78 directions above.

NJ Turnpike/I-295 from South Jersey
Take the NJ TPK North to crossover to I-295 North.
Take I-295 North around Trenton to I-95 South.
Take Exit #4 onto Rt. 31 North.
Continue on Rt. 31 North approximately 43 miles to Rt. 46.
Make a right onto Rt. 46 East. Hatchery entrance is approximately 2.5 miles.

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