Jackson National Fish Hatchery
Mountain-Prairie Region
Jackson elk herd wintering on the National Elk Refuge

About the Hatchery

Jackson National Fish Hatchery was originally established in 1950 as part of the Palisades Dam Act. Today, the hatchery's primary emphasis is producing eggs and fish to mitigate for fish losses from Federal water development projects and for States, Tribes, and research facilities.


Jackson National Fish Hatchery is unique in that the hatchery is physically located on the Fish & Wildlife Service's National Elk Refuge. The hatchery rears trout for a distribution area that covers close to 18,000 square miles, and is also a part of the Fish & Wildlife Service's National Broodstock Program.



Jackson National Fish Hatchery operates with support from partners, including: National Elk Refuge, U.S. Geological Survey, Wyoming Department of Game & Fish, Idaho Department of Fish & Game, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, Wind River Indian Reservation, Fort Hall Indian Reservation, and other Federal/State agencies and hatcheries. In addition, many local schools, civic groups, and citizens have been involved with the hatchery's research, operations, and education. The hatchery also partnered with Trout Unlimited to do an angler study on the impacts of streamside erosion on the National Elk Refuge.


These many dedicated partners and volunteers help keep Jackson National Fish Hatchery operating to bring recreational angling opportunities and healthy aquatic ecosystems to you, your family, and future generations.