Born as a trickle in the wilderness foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, the Salmon swells to a wild, majestic river as it courses through the rugged "north country" of New York on its way to Lake Ontario. Great fishing on the Salmon River has been recorded as far back as the 1600s, when Iroquois tribesmen marveled at the teeming bounty of the Atlantic salmon run. Many things have changed since then, but the fishing remains spectacular.
The stretch known as the Douglaston Salmon Run is two and a half miles at the lower end of the river, where the fish first enter the river from the Estuary in Port Ontario and where they are the most fresh and undisturbed.
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Opened late in the 1980's, the Douglaston Salmon Run was developed as a low pressure, catch and release fishing environment to maximize the outdoor experience of every guest. Two and a half miles of private waters fishing offers a world class sports fishing destination with seven nearby lodges available year round for guests.
Over the years, the DSR has evolved into a fishing experience for every type of angler, but definitely those who value natural surroundings as much as catching fish. Fly fishermen, casters, and drift boat fishing types come to the DSR for the catch and release, the atmosphere of respectful outdoor sporting, and for the attentive staff who work year round to keep the DSR clean, accessible and a good value.
Meet the Staff
Our staff is a prime reason the DSR has become one of the most sought after sports fishing locations in the Northeast. We are available to help in any way that makes your stay and your fishing experience at the DSR memorable for all the right reasons.
Garrett Brancy - Manager, River Keeper
Garrett has fished and worked as a guide on the Salmon River for many years. A natural resources management graduate of the State University of New York School of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), Garrett oversees the entire DSR river property and grounds. As River Keeper and manager, Garrett guides customers, assists lodge guests, and wears all the hats of an experienced fishing lodge host.
Phil Ritz - Assistant River Keeper
Phil is our resident 'river-ologist', a guy who knows more about fishing the Salmon than just about anyone around. A lifelong resident of the North Country and an expert fly caster, Phil is the guy who helps out DSR guests in the riffs and pools, at check-in and out and is always good for a chat at the Shack.
Emily Waldt - Administrative Assistant
Say hello to the new DSR Administrative Assistant, Emily Waldt. Emily is a dual degree SUNY-Environmental Science and Forestry graduate, with a BS in Aquatic and Fisheries Science and an MPS in Fish and Wildlife Biology and Management. Emily assists in the office, focusing on lodge bookings, customer service, and computer tasks. She will also participate to help improve river
operations. Don’t be surprised to meet Emily on the river with camera in
hand as she captures memorable moments for our website and Facebook
page. Emily is the DSR's first line of communication, meeting and greeting DSR customers throughout the year, but especially during the ever-popular Salmon Run. She is especially excited to 'encourage more women and families to try their hand at fishing the DSR and making this an annual destination.' We're glad she's here - say hello when you stop in the new Welcome Center.
Norman 'Norm' Nash - Maintenance, Head Groundskeeper
Norm fixes everything at the DSR. He's our go-to guy for on the spot repairs and he stays busy keeping the seven DSR lodges in top condition. Norm has responsibility for trail grooming, so give him a shout if you see him out on the ATV. He is a native of Watertown, NY, and has been at the DSR since 2009.
Margaret Scarberry-Head of Housekeeping
Marge is head of house keeping at the DSR and knows the seven lodges inside and out. Having lived in the area for over twenty years, Marge knows all the local stores to pick up items you may have forgotten to bring with you. Marge always says “Don’t hesitate to ask," and she means it. Not to mention she’s a darn good fisher woman and can point you in the direction of the best fishing down on the run.
Ashley Myers - House Keeping Staff
Ashley made upstate New York her new residence after moving north from Tennessee. She enjoys keeping the DSR lodges stocked and ready for guests all year round, but especially in the during the fall Salmon Run season. Ashley enjoys the outdoors and meeting new people.
Meet the Owner
Doug Barclay, President
The Barclay family opened the Douglaston Salmon Run as a private water sport fishery in 1989. The property has been in the family since 1807, when it was settled by Colonel Rufus Price, an aide-de-camp to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War.
Doug Barclay is a direct, seventh-generation descendant of Colonel Price who, along with other family members, designed Douglaston Salmon Run to be a world class fishery where guests can enjoy the ultimate fishing experience in the company of like-minded sportsmen.
As life long residents of New York State's North Country, the Barclays are engaged with the local community, supporting their hometown of Pulaski, NY and the region. They especially advocate sound environmental practices in fisheries, farming, and natural resources management.