Powder Mills Park

Park Information

At 380 acres, Powder Mills Park offers a unique natural setting with steep hillsides, creekside meadows and wetlands that provide a variety of recreational activities. There is downhill skiing, hiking, and trout fishing. The park also offers six lodges and four shelters all available to rent.

For information and reservations please call 585 753-PARK (7275) or go to our Online Lodge & Shelter Reservation System.


Location and Directions

Powder Mills Park office is located at 154 Park Road, Pittsford, NY 14534, southeast of Rochester. Enter the park from Route 96 South of Bushnell’s Basin near Interstate 490.

The park office is located at 154 Park Road, Pittsford, NY 14534.


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Common Recreation Activities at Powder Mills Park

-- proximity to creek; picnic tables and bathrooms available for general use



Rules and Regulations

  • Powder Mills Park has a Carry-in Carry-out rule, which means you must take all your garbage with you for disposal after leaving the park.
  • All pets must be leashed and you are responsible for cleaning up after them.

Summer Park Hours

Winter Park Hours



Restrooms

Powder Mills Park has three restrooms located in the park. One is located off Park Road by the Rand Lodge. The other two are located off of Woolston Road; one by the Powderhorn Lodge and the other next to the Oak Tree Lodge. See the park map for specific locations.



Trails

Before heading out to Powder Mills Park print the map. The color coded hiking trails and additional details will keep you on the right track.

  • The Hatchery Trail is a .8 mile walk that takes you through a large field of milkweed which is a favorite spot for butterflies. Keep a look out for hawks circling overhead.
  • The Daffodil Trail is a .7 mile (one way) walk that is especially wonderful in the spring because it takes you through a Daffodil Meadow which when in bloom is beautiful. This trail also has a wide range of plants along the walk which keep the scenery changing.
  • The Ridge Trail is a .4 mile walk (one way) which has an overlook point that allows you to see west for miles. Also watch along this trail for the remains of the old Randhousehold.
  • The Trillium Trail is a .5 mile (one way) walk that will bring you along the wetlands and through an area of unique plant life.
  • The Powderhorn Trail is a .6 mile walk which a small section opens up to a very large field filled with ragweed and other wild flowers. It will also take you through woods filled with maple, oak, and many other types of trees.


Winter Activities

Downhill Skiing information


Fish Hatchery

The 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 the 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. There are some 20,000 fish currently being raised at the hatchery. In addition to the trout, the hatchery raises Chinook salmon and Perch. 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. For more information about the benefit derby and other activities taking place at the Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park, please call 585-586-1670.

January 25, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: RON MITCHELL, 585-586-1670

Baby It’s Cold Outside—Hatchery Staff Sets Sights On Spring

Staff at the Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park are busy preparing for the 2016 fishing season. The fully-stocked Hatchery is tending to tens-of-thousands of fish and expects to release more than 20,000 trout during 2016; the majority for release just prior to the 13th Annual Riedman Foundation Opening Day Derby. The April 1, all-ages tournament raises essential funds for hatchery operations while marking the opening day of trout season in celebratory fashion.

Throughout the season, hatchery staff will release both brown and rainbow trout into the stretch of Irondequoit Creek that passes through Powder Mills Park:

·      8,000 rainbow fingerlings, estimated to be 9 inches long by spring

·      10,000 brown trout yearlings, estimated to be 9 inches long by spring

·      2,000 two-year-old brown trout, estimated to 14-17" long upon release

·      400 three-year-old brown trout, approximately 17-21" long by release time

·      60 four- and five-year-old brown trout, estimated to be 21-25” by spring

The now 83-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 the 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.

To learn more about the fish raised at the Hatchery, and activities such as the free fly-tying demonstration and casting clinic taking place on March 19, and the benefit derby taking place on April 1, visit www.fishpowdermill.org.

The Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park is open all year long. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to visit with staff and learn how Hatchery operations positively affect our local environment. Hatchery staff is on duty Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. most weekends. The hatchery phone number is 585-586-1670. 

Powder Mills Park Fishing Derby Information

The staff of the Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park has announced their affiliation with the following, upcoming fishing derbies:

April 1, 2016         Riedman Foundation Opening Day Trout Derby

Powder Mills Park, 7 a.m. until noon. Headquarters and weigh station at Powder Horn Lodge, with awards presentation following the event. Features Bank of America Angler Award, a $500 prize presented to the contestant weighing in the largest brown trout. The all-ages derby is open to the public for a $5 fee. Advanced registration preferred. Registration day of the event from 6–7:30 a.m. at Powderhorn Lodge. Proceeds will benefit activities at the Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park. Call 585-586-1670 for details or stop by the Hatchery at 115 Park Road for a registration form. Registration forms may also be downloaded at www.fishpowdermill.org.

May 14, 2016    Pittsford Rotary Derby for Kids

Powder Mills Park, 7 a.m. until noon. Open to children 15 years and younger. Contact Kevin O'Grady at 585-641-0668 or visit www.pittsfordrotaryclub.org.

May 21, 2016            Monroe County Intergenerational Derby

Powder Mills Park, 9 a.m. until 11am. Closed to the public. Contact Mike Barry, Monroe County Youth Bureau, at 585-736-6461.  

June 4, 2016        Monroe County Conservation Council’s Trout Derby for Kids

Powder Mills Park, 8–10 a.m. Open to children 15 years and younger. Contact Dick Habes at 585-586-0111 for details.

The Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park is funded and operated by the Riedman Foundation. Media interested in learning more about these events may contact Ron Mitchell at 585-586-1670.

Fly-tying Demo Information

Free All-Ages Fly-Tying Demonstration and Casting Clinic at Powder Mills Park Hatchery
Saturday, March 19, 2016, 9 a.m. until noon

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