Welcome to the Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery
Number of staff: five.
Geographic Area Covered
State of Georgia and Cherokee, North Carolina.
Fulfilling mitigation responsibilities and providing recreational fishing opportunities for Federal water development projects via a Memorandum of Understanding with the State of Georgia.
Fulfilling Tribal Trust responsibilities by providing technical assistance and rainbow trout to Native American Tribes.
Partnering with federal
and state agencies and conservation groups to study and monitor the
status of aquatic populations and to improve aquatic habitat of rare
fishes as well as other aquatic species in TN, AL, GA, KY and NC.
Providing recreational fishing
opportunities on Service lands.
Assisting in the recovery
of threatened and imperiled fish.
Developing and implementing
conservation education programs.
Services Provided to:
General public and angling enthusiasts.
Federal and state agencies.
Federal, State and private organizations dedicated to the restoration and recovery of aquatic resources.
Native American Tribes.
Other Fish & Wildlife Service program offices.
Camp Frank D. Merrill, US Army.
The hatchery annually distributed
324,000 catchable-size rainbow trout and an additional 460,000 fingerlings
to meet mitigation goals. These fish provided 160,000 anglers with an
opportunity to land a trout.
The economic impact of the
hatchery is over $30 million annually. That's well over $40 return
on every budget dollar spent by the hatchery.
Approximately 38,000 visitors
tour the hatchery annually. Major fishing events are held annually
to promote recreational fishing and to introduce the public to the
Fish and Wildlife Service and its mission.
An extensive outreach program
has been implemented that promotes public use, recreational fishing,
environmental education and program activities. The hatchery has a very
active Friends Group and a tremendous volunteer organization.
Fingerling trout and technical
assistance are provided to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North
FishSpecies and Capabilities
The primary species raised
at this facility is rainbow trout.
Populations of threatened
and endangered fish are being held for refugia and growout.
Public Use Opportunities
The hatchery provides environmental
education and public outreach opportunities to visitors, school groups,
and various other organizations. The enviromental education program
is designed to promote conservation ethics and to develop a greater
outreach for recreational fishing opportunities.
The beautiful surroundings
and natural environment draw a lot of visitors to the hatchery. A
visitor kiosk and an opportunity to view the fish in various stages
of production prove to be a great attraction. Rock Creek, which runs
through hatchery property, offers a great trout fishing opportunity.
U.S. Forest Service campgrounds
are located both above and below the hatchery.
Kelly Taylor, Acting Hatchery Manager
Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery
4730 Rock Creek Road
Suches, GA 30572