Valley City National Fish Hatchery
Mountain-Prairie Region

Aerial View of Valley City National Fish Hatchery



image of walleye spawningThe Valley City National Fish Hatchery (NFH) is one of two federal fish hatcheries in North Dakota.  As part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service mission to protect wildlife habitat and provide wildlife-oriented recreational opportunities on Service lands, Valley City provides many benefits to the citizens of North Dakota.

High quality game fish stocked by the hatchery provide quality sport fishing to thousands.  In addition, Valley City welcomes visitors to the hatchery for a closeup view of the fish production process.


National fish hatcheries serve a vital role in the management of our Nation's fish resources.  The success of our such programs, as with all fish and wildlife management programs, depends on your understanding and support.

For further information you can contact the hatchery.


Aerial View of Valley City National Fish HatcheryThe Valley City NFH is operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and consists of the main hatchery at Valley City, and a smaller subunit at Baldhill Dam.  Production at the Valley City NFH began in 1940, and at Baldhill NFH in 1952.  There are 13 fish rearing ponds totaling 25.8 acres at Valley City NFH, and 20 rearing ponds totaling 12.6 acres at Baldhill NFH. More Valley City NFH history.


Image of Stocking Fish In North DakotaValley City is operated to provide more fish for American fisherman.  As aquatic habitats have been changed by man, natural production of many game fish species has also declined.  In some cases, more fish are being taken by fisherman than streams and lakes can produce naturally.  Valley City supplements natural reproduction by stocking a variety of fish species in lakes throughout North Dakota.  The result is increased recreational opportunities, and more fish in the frying pan!

Last updated: March 15, 2011
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