Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
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Welcome to Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

Come face to face with the Region's trout, explore karst terrain, and see our exhilarating exhibit hall! Much more awaits the entire family in a fun and engaging educational journey at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery! Visitors are welcome to tour the hatchery, Visitor/Environmental Education Center, and to fish in the creek! Hatchery grounds are open 365 days a year while the Visitor/Environmental Education Center remains open 364 days annually (only closing on Christmas Day). FREE visitation! Make plans today to get connected with nature at Wolf Creek NFH!

Upcoming Events

Fly fishing workshops

A flyer for the fly fishing workshop; details below

Join professional volunteer fly fisherman, Mark Lamberth, for a basic instruction of fly fishing. Mark has over 50 years of experience fly fishing in over 42 states with loads of enthusiasm to share.

  • Two sessions: 10am - 12pm CST; 2pm - 4pm CST
  • No charge for classes
  • Bring your own gear if you have it, if not let us know
  • RSVP - one week prior to session
  • Limited number of slots
  • Call Mark Lamberth at (615) 513-6193 or the hatchery at (270) 343-3797
  • Meet at the Wolf Creek NFH visitor center at least 15 minutes before the session

For more information contact Ashley Buffington at (270) 343-3797 or ashley_buffington@fws.gov

Make it, take it, give it

Flyer for fly fishing events; details below
  • Sept. 22 - Nature inspired jewelry
  • Oct. 13 - Creative wreath making
  • Nov. 3 - Spa essentials
  • Dec. 8 - Ornaments
  • Cost: $25 includes four unique jewelry creations and snacks
  • RSVP by Sept. 14, 2018

Come join us for our new craft series... Make it, take it, give it. The first session will include four quality beaded wire jewelry projects that are super gifts for friends and family. You will learn not only how to make quality, beginner jewelry, but you will have four completed holiday gifts for that special someone on your list! Bring a friend and learn to make an easy, fun, and one-of-a-kind handmade gift straight from your heart this holiday season. No gift is better than one created.

For more information contact Ashley Buffington or Moria Painter at (270) 343-3797 or asheley_buffington@fws.gov/moria_painter@fws.gov.

Flyer of events for 2018 Flyer of events for 2018

For a full list of events for 2018 visit our events page.

2 nd Annual Hatchery Creek Trout Trot 5k Results

Winners pose for a photo after the race.

Download the results

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Public Use Opportunities

  • More than 100,000 visitors yearly
  • Visitor/Environmental Education Center
  • Hatchery tours
  • On-site/Off-site presentations
  • ADA accessible public fishing area
  • Nature Explorer Hiking Trail
  • Fishing Events
  • Nature Craft Club
  • Friends of Wolf Creek NFH, Inc.


Aerial photo of the Wolf Creek water outflow meeting the Cumberland river
Outflow from Wolf Creek NFH meets the Cumberland River. Photo: USFWS.

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery Visitor/Environmental Education Center
Our Visitor/Environmental Education Center. Photo: USFWS.

Station Facts:
Established: 1975
Number of staff: Ten permanent
Annual budget (FY18): $985,000

Two volunteers clearing a trail.

Volunteers make Wolf Creek NFH great! Volunteers John Adams and Julia Hoss make improvements to the nature trail.

A USFWS team member hand feeds trout in one of the hatchery raceways

Hand feeding fish at the raceways. Photo: USFWS.


USFWS team harvests cultured mussels

Employees harvest mussels cultured on site. Photo: USFWS.


Painted creekshell mussels in hand

Painted creekshell mussels. Photo: USFWS.


Painted creekshell mussels on a rocky substrate

Painted creekshell mussels on rocky substrate. Photo: USFWS.

Last updated: October 2, 2018