Randolph New York State Fish Hatchery

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The Randolph Fish Hatchery is one of twelve New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) fish hatcheries and is a primary broodstock facility which produces 5-6 million brook, brown and rainbow trout eggs each year. (Broodstock are adult fish kept to provide eggs.) Each fall, hatchery fish culturists strip, fertilize and incubate eggs, then ship millions to other NYSDEC hatcheries.

Randolph keeps many of the eggs they produce and raise trout to stock local waters. Annual production totals almost 100,000 pounds of fish. Fingerlings, young fish measuring 3-5 inches long, are generally stocked in the fall. Older fish, six-nine inches long, are called yearlings and are stocked in the spring. 

The Randolph Fish Hatchery is open to the public everyday, year-round, from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m

For more information on DEC Fish Hatcheries, click here.

Rainbow Trout raised by DEC Fish Culturists
New York State Fish Hatchery
10951 Hatchery Road
Randolph, NY 14772
United States
Phone: 716-358-4755
42° 9' 21.312" N, 78° 56' 22.668" W

General Information

  • Wheelchair Accessible: Unknown
  • Parking: Yes
  • RV Parking: Yes
  • Bus Parking: Yes
  • Pets Allowed: Unknown
  • Accepts Credit Cards: Unknown
  • Internet Access: Unknown
  • Conference / Meeting / Banquet: Unknown
  • Playground: Unknown
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  • Equestrian Trail Access: Unknown
  • Bicycle Trail Access: Unknown
  • Hiking Trail Access: Unknown
  • Mountain Biking Trail Access: Unknown
  • Snowmobile Trail Access: Unknown

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