Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery
Southeast Region
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We would like to bring your attention to our2013 economic fact sheet.

You can check out our Friends Group at the following link Friends of Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery.

See some activities the Hatchery and our Friends Group are involved in follow this link to learn more. Friends Group activities.

Who We Are and What WeDo

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Operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, this National Fish Hatchery (NFH) is one of many serving a vital role in the management of our country’s fishery resources. Dale Hollow NFH was established to mitigate for fishery resources which were lost due to the construction of federal water development projects in the Southeast. This is accomplished by stocking rainbow, brown, lake, and brook trout in waters impacted by federal dams. Stocking trout in public waters supports a significant recreational fishery which generates a substantial amount of economic activity for local and regional economies. This facility is also involved in the conservation of imperiled, freshwater, non-game fishes.

Photo Credit: USFWS
Hatchery Building, various species produced. Credit: USFWS

Station Facts

Established: 1965.
Number of staff: eight.
Annual expenditures (FY 14) $980,426.
Public Use Opportunities



Hours are 7:30A to 3:30P (CST) daily.
More than 40,000 visitors yearly.
Hatchery tours.
Off-site presentations.
Aquarium/visitor center.
Paved walking and exercise road.
Public fishing area.
Nature viewing.

Station Goals

  • Provide rainbow, brown, lake, and brook trout for mitigation stocking in Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama.
  • Provide rainbow trout to Alabama in return for Gulf Coast striped bass eggs and fry.
  • Provide a limited number of rainbow trout for non-mitigation stocking in Tennessee under a cooperative agreement with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
  • Assist in the recovery and restoration of imperiled aquatic species by developing propagation/culture techniques and rearing animals for reintroduction into the wild.
  • Assist Tribal governments in managing fisheries resources on Tribal lands.
  • Work with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency to ensure a thorough, perennial hatchery product evaluation program.
  • Provide quality environmental education opportunities.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with chambers of commerce, state tourism departments, and other agencies to promote regional support for recreational fishing and the fish hatchery.
  • Maintain a "Friends Group" to gain community and regional support for the fish hatchery.
  • Establish and maintain a native warm season grass (prairie grass) demonstration plot.
  • Utilize the Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC) framework to manage Fisheries resource priorities.

Calendar of Events

  • May - International Migratory Bird Events
  • Yearly - Kids' Fishing Rodeo
  • Yearly - Openhouse (10A-2P)
  • May through October - camping in adjacent Corps of Engineers Campground (reservations recommended)
  • Year-round fishing in local waters

The 'Biologist in Training' (BiT) outreach effort is geared toward elementary age children. This effort is aimed at young students who are interested in a future in fishery biology. For more information please visit www.fws.gov/southeast/fisheries/BiT, or contact the hatchery at the number below.

Last updated: December 3, 2014