Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery
Mountain-Prairie Region

Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery:(Photos clockwise from left) Hatchery complex, Juvenile pallid sturgeon, Aerial view of Garrison Dam


Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery (NFH) plays a key role in providing quality fishing opportunities throughout the Great Plains Region and in restoring the endangered pallid sturgeon in its northern range. This Federal hatchery is challenged with meeting fish stocking requests from several states, providing in excess of 10 million native fish annually for restoration stockings or balancing fish populations in hundreds of waters.  Garrison Dam NFH produces in excess of 25 tons of trout and salmon annually for stocking into North Dakota waters as well.  State game and fish agencies in several states such as North Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho and Nevada do not operate hatcheries for cool water fish species such as walleye and pike, and rely on this Garrison Dam NFH to produce these species.  In some years, South Dakota and Montana are also provided fish or eggs to cover their fish requests. Garrison Dam NFH is operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with cooperative funding through the North Dakota Game and Fish Department and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the lead Federal agency responsible for stewardship of the nation’s fish and wildlife resources. Although there are some fisheries that can be maintained through natural reproduction, most fisheries today cannot keep up with existing fishing pressure and habitat changes. National Fish Hatcheries have the ability to provide fish necessary to meet the growing needs of the resource and the angler.  

Last updated: March 14, 2012

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