Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery
Mountain-Prairie Region
Garrison Dam Public Information: (Photo clockwise from left) Kids Fishing Derby, Entrance sign, Prairieview Fishing Derby

Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery provides many exciting visitor opportunities, and contributes to local communities. Waterfowl, fish and a variety of birds and mammals can be viewed in their natural surroundings year-around.

Open to the public, Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery welcomes visitors to the hatchery for a close-up view of the fish production process. With over 10,000 visitors annually, the dedicated staff and volunteers at the hatchery are happy to answer any questions while you enjoy a hatchery tour. Pathway to Fishing Photo A visitor center at the hatchery complete with five 400 gallon aquariums will give you the pleasure of viewing the fishes of North Dakota in their environment.

If you enjoy the outdoors and are up for a walk, the hatchery has just what you are looking for. The Lewis and Clark and Wetlands Trails provide an excellent opportunity for wildlife observation or simply enjoying the out-of-doors. Birders will find the trail a productive one as many of the feathered species found in this state may be observed along the route. Come often as the experience changes with the seasons. The length is about a mile and a half. You won't be disappointed.

The hatchery is also a proud participant in the annual Physically Challenged Children's Fishing Derby in conjunction with the Great Planers Trout and Salmon Club.

The hatchery is located in a recreation area that draws in an excess of 2 million visitors annually. In addition to the hatchery experience, visitors also have a bounty of recreational opportunities to explore in the surrounding area:

  • Camping
  • Hiking/nature trails
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife and bird watching
  • Photography
  • Canoeing and boating
  • Mountain biking
  • Cross country skiing
  • Snowshoeing

The hatchery is open year around. Admission is free. Self-guided tours are available Monday-Friday 7:30-3:30. The visitor center and aquariums are open Memorial Day through Labor Day from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., 7 days a week. Group tours are available with prior reservations and we are handicapped accessible.

The Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery is located in mid-central North Dakota, an hour's drive north of Bismarck on Highway 83, then west on Highway 200.

Last updated: July 18, 2014

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