Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Adirondack Fish Hatchery In Lake Clear, New York

It was a hot, hot, hot Sunday morning - far too hot for me to be out working in the sun, so I drove down to the town of Lake Clear to visit the New York State Adirondack Fish Hatchery. There were lots of buildings, but these two were the ones which allowed visitors:

The first building was a visitor's center. That stone pond was supposed to have fish in it, but didn't. The canoe was a classic Adirondack guideboat and there were mounted fish, all New York State species, hanging on the walls:

I only photographed a few of them, beginning with the Rainbow Trout:

Brown Trout:

Splake, which I later learned was a cross between a male Brook (AKA Speckled) Trout and a female Lake Trout:

Steelhead Trout. In spite of all the trout species mounted on the walls, this fishery was entirely devoted to the propagation of landlocked Atlantic Salmon:

I never saw another human being all the time I was there, neither tourist nor worker. I entered the next building, a cavernous place filled with two rows of large, circular tanks:

The first several tanks held larger salmon, in the one to two foot range:

Water constantly flowed, cleaning and aerating the salmon's environment:

I walked over to the tanks with smaller fish. They must have been the fingerling size because they were just about the size of a finger:

I exited the fish hatchery, still never having seen another human being, and walked to my parked car. There were many other complexes of maintenance buildings along the road, so I decided to keep driving and see what else I might find. But I'll post about that tomorrow:

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