Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

April 11, 2007

For Release: Immediate
Press Contact:
Eileen Larrabee
Catherine Jimenez

Brown Trout To Find New Home In Geyser Creek

Acting State Parks Commissioner Joins the Effort

(Saratoga Springs, N.Y., April 11, 2007...) Moving day arrived for approximately 1,000 brown trout in Saratoga. On Wednesday, April 11th, Acting State Parks Commissioner Carol Ash gathered with local children and their families to help release trout into Geyser Creek in Saratoga Spa State Park.

"This popular family event celebrates the beginning of trout season here in New York," Ash said. "Today we contribute to the cycle of the environment and teach our children about the critical natural resources that surround us."

Technicians from the Van Hornesville Fish Hatchery, operated by the Department of Environmental Conservation, stock area streams each year with the help of volunteers. Fifteen local organizations such as Eastern Mountain Sports, Capital District Fly Fishing Association, Five Rivers Environmental Education Center and Trout Unlimited were at the event.

The State Department of Conservation (DEC) plans to stock more than two million catchable trout across the state. Stocked waters include many streams and lakes located within state parks. Several of these properties also boast wild trout streams where anglers are also encouraged to fish. A complete list of stocking sites, as well as maps for lake and pond anglers, is available on the DEC website at

Saratoga Spa State Park is one of 54 state parks offering trout fishing in New York this season. A New York State fishing license is required and Department of Environmental Conservation rules and regulations apply at all OPRHP properties. Special permits may be required at some state parks.

For more information about individual facility requirements, or upcoming angling events at state parks, please call (518) 474-0456 or visit