Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
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Welcome to Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

Come face to face with the Region's trout, explore karst terrain, and see our exhilarating exhibit hall! Much more awaits the entire family in a fun and engaging educational journey at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery! Visitors are welcome to tour the hatchery, Visitor/Environmental Education Center, and to fish in the creek! Hatchery grounds are open 365 days a year while the Visitor/Environmental Education Center remains open 364 days annually (only closing on Christmas Day). FREE visitation! Make plans today to get connected with nature at Wolf Creek NFH!

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Upcoming Events

30th Annual Kids Fishing Derby

Flyer for kids fishing derby.  Info is below.

Saturday, June 4, 2016 9:00am CST

A free event for Ages 1-15 held at Wolf Creen National Fish Hatchery. Located approximately 12 miles south of Jamestown, KY on highway 127 South, below Wolf Creek Dam

Fishing Times:

  • 9:00 - 10:00: Ages 5-6
  • 10:15 - 11:15: Ages 7-8
  • 11:30 - 12:30: Ages 9-10
  • 12:45 - 1:45: Ages 11-12
  • 2:00 - 3:00: Ages 13-15

Kid's Fishing Pool will be open for children ages 1-4 from 9:00am - noon. Poles will be furnished for the kiddie pool.

Register at least 30 minutes prior to fishing times. Lots of PRIZES - Fishing Assistance Available. Bring your own fishing tackle (No fly rods).

Longest Day of Play 2016

June 18, 2016 9:00am - Noon CST

Flyer for the 2016 Longest day of play

It's that time of the year again! Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery will be holding the annual Longest Day of Play, an event that celebrates the longest day of the year and encourages everyone to go outside and enjoy the beginning of summer! Lots of Prizes! Must be present to win, Only children are eligible.

Activities Include:

  • The Great Migration
  • Fishing at the Creek
  • Critters Alive

Registration begins at 8:45am, free for children of all ages (adult supervision required)! For more information contact Moria Painter, (270) 343 3797

Nature Rocks Club

Flyer for nature club, details below.

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery in partnership with the Russell County Public Library offers a monthly nature-themed program. The Family Nature Club is designed to reach youth and adults in the local area to encourage outdoor interest while learning about natural resources. Meeting locations will rotate between two locations. Meet at the library during the moths of January, February, March, November, and December.

All families are welcome. It is requested that all children in attendance be accompanied by an adult. For more information call the library at 343-3545 or 866-5200.

Nature Craft Club

Flyer for nature craft workshop

Love nature? Love to craft? Join expert crafter Eli Mackewich at Wolf Creek NFH in making your very own nature inspired craft! Craft costs will not exceed $10. Fun for all ages. Join us 4:30 - 6:00pm CST on the first Thursday of the Month (except for June). For more information moria_painter@fws.gov., 270-343-3797

All families are welcome. It is requested that all children in attendance be accompanied by an adult. For more information call the library at 343-3545 or 866-5200.

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Public Use Opportunities

  • More than 100,000 visitors yearly
  • Visitor/Environmental Education Center
  • Hatchery tours
  • On-site/Off-site presentations
  • ADA accessible public fishing area
  • Nature Explorer Hiking Trail
  • 4H Fishing Club
  • Family Nature Club
  • Friends of Wolf Creek NFH, Inc.


Aerial photo of the Wolf Creek water outflow meeting the Cumberland river
Outflow from Wolf Creek NFW meets the Cumberland River. Photo: USFWS.

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery Visitor/Environmental Education Center
Our Visitor/Environmental Education Center. Photo: USFWS.

Station Facts:
Established: 1975
Number of staff: Eight permanent
Annual budget (FY15): $985,000

A preteen boy smiles as he is assisted in removing a trout caught on his line

This 4H Fishing Club member is all smiles with his catch during their meeting at Wolf Creek. Photo: USFWS.

A USFWS team member hand feeds trout in one of the hatchery raceways

Hand feeding fish at the raceways. Photo: USFWS.


USFWS team harvests cultured mussels

Employees harvest mussles cultured on site. Photo: USFWS.


Painted creekshell mussels in hand

Painted creekshell mussels. Photo: USFWS.


Painted creekshell mussels on a rocky substrate

Painted creekshell mussels on rocky substrate. Photo: USFWS.

Last updated: May 31, 2016