Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery has operated with cooperative funding and in-kind support from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department since its inception in 1962. The two agencies, one Federal the other State, have partnered to provide what has been characterized as the most efficient fish hatchery operation in the United States. By combining the strengths of the two agencies we are able to produce fish very efficiently – stocking walleye fingerlings in the Great Plains States at under a penny a piece. More recently we have established a financial partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide funding for production of fish stocked into reservoirs managed by the Corps. Federal funding to operate national fish hatcheries across the country does not come from the sales of fishing licenses but rather is appropriated annually from Congress or through partnerships with other agencies.
In addition to agency partnerships, the Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery receives tremendous support from the fishing clubs across the state represented through the North Dakota Sportfishing Congress. A partnership with the Great Planers Trout and Salmon Club enables us to co-host the annual Kids Fishing Day event at the hatchery in September providing an opportunity for challenged kids to experience the thrill of catching trout. Volunteers from across the country arrive each spring at the hatchery to offer their talents assisting hatchery staff with fish production and providing guided tours through the hatchery.
The many dedicated partners and volunteers keep the Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery operating to bring recreational angling opportunities, healthy fish populations and economic development to you, your family, and future generations.