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– An Important Update –
The fish hatchery is CLOSED to all visitors until US Federal Social Distancing Guidelines have been lifted. Please refrain from parking at or visiting the facility.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
We will provide updates as more information becomes available.
We appreciate your support and cooperation, stay safe!

Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park

Operated by the Riedman Foundation

2020 Riedman Foundation Trout Derby Has Been Postponed

Based on the latest COVID-19 information and developments, the Riedman Foundation and Fish Hatchery staffs have decided to postpone the Opening Day Trout Derby scheduled for April 1, 2020. The health and well-being of participants, their families, our sponsors and the community as a whole have led us to this decision. We hope this postponement will allow us to safely host the derby at a later date this season. As additional information becomes available and an alternate date is selected, we will post updates on our website ( and on our Facebook page (Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park). We will also send emails to all registrants who have provided us with their email address.

We recognize that this decision is a disappointment for many of you. However, our intention is to reschedule this year’s derby on a weekend date so that many more families can enjoy the derby together, making memories to last a lifetime. We will strive to select and publicize the alternate date as soon as conditions permit. If you have already registered and would like to reserve the option to participate in the rescheduled event, no action on your part is necessary. If you would prefer an immediate refund of the registration fee, please email us ( with your request and provide your name and the mailing address where you would like the refund to be sent.

As COVID-19 continues to impact the lives of people everywhere, we appreciate your understanding of our decision and know you share in our concern during these trying times. The primary purpose of the hatchery is to raise fish and stock Irondequoit Creek. As the operator of the hatchery, the Riedman Foundation and hatchery staff will continue to ensure that fish are released periodically, with stockings occurring on a regular basis throughout the season.

Thank you for your continued support of the Powder Mills Park Fish Hatchery. We hope you and your family enjoy a happy and healthy fishing season!

The Riedman Foundation and Hatchery Staff

If you have questions about the opening of the fishing season and whether it will be delayed, please visit New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) website:

During the evolving COVID-19 situation, please review the DEC webpage for how to enjoy NY’s outdoors safely, locally, and responsibly before visiting state lands. Click here for a quick summary of social distancing while outdoors.

About the Fish Hatchery at Powdermills Park

The 82-year-old Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park was established in 1933 as a cooperative effort between the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries and Monroe County. It was closed in mid-December 2002 due to County budget cuts and then re-opened in fall of 2003 when the Riedman Foundation entered into a partnership with the County to provide funding for staff, maintenance and operational support, as well as make capital improvements.

The Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park is open all year long. This popular family destination provides a unique opportunity to view several varieties of fish in various stages of development. Hatchery staff—on duty Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. most weekends— help provide an educational experience for visitors of all ages.

Our 2020 Derby Sponsors

2020 Derby Sponsors
Postcard 1933

Click here for more information about the history of the Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park.

News & Events

Ribbon Cutting
The Riedman Foundation, in conjunction with the Pittsford Chamber of Commerce and the Pittsford Rotary, held a ribbon cutting on November 2, 2018 to unveil a new kiosk at the Powder Mills Park Fish Hatchery.
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