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 Clinics

August 18, 5:00 - 7:00pm CDT and August 20, 8:00 - 10:00am CDT

Flyer for fly fishing clinc; information below.

Interested in learning how to fly fish? Register for our fly fishing class! During this class, participants will learn proper fishing etiquette, how to operate fly fishing equipment, how to cast, and how to select a fly based on conditions. Get behind the scenes expert tips for fishing Hatchery Creek. Learn how to locate and catch the “big one.” No previous experience is necessary. Participants are not required to attend both classes.

Preregister: by Monday, August 15. Cost: $5 per class - includes 2 flies, an indicator and a fly fishing booklet. Class is limited to first 12 registrants. Make checks payable to Friends of Wolf Creek NFH. To register contact Moria_Painter@fws.gov or Ashley_Buffington@fws.gov; for more information call (270) 343-3797.

Meet at the Wolf Creek NFH Visitor Center! Fishing will take place at Hatchery Creek!

What to bring? Bug spray, sunglasses (polarized are best), hat, sunscreen, water to drink, fly rood and reel (if you have it, if not we will provide one).

Clinic Topics

  • Fishing Etiquette
  • Insect Life Cycle
  • Knot Tying
  • Fly Selection
  • Fly Rod Setup
  • Reading the Water

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Wounded Warriors Fishing Event

September 12, 2016 6:00am - 3:00pm CST

Flyer for wounded warriors fishing event; details below

Veterans who have sufferend injuries related to their service are invited to the 5th annual Wounded Warriors fishing event!.

Lunch and fishing equipment will be provided. Preregistration will be conducted through Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery. Fishing licenses and trout stamps are required. Kentucky State Fishing Regulations apply.

6:00am - 10:30am CST: Striper Fishing at Lake Cumberland.

12:00pm - 3:00pm CST: Trout fishing on Cumberland River or Hatchery Creek.

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For more information contact Moria Painter (270) 343-3797.

Catch a Smile Senior Fishing Derby

September 27, 2016: 9:00am - 12:00pm CST

Flyer for senior fishing derby; details below

Come out and join us for a fun day of trout fishing at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery! The 9th annual catch a smile senior fishing derby is a FREE fishing event for those 62 years and older.

Where: Hatchery Creek at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery.

When: September 27, 2016 from 9:00am - 12:00pm CST. Registration begins at 8:00am.

Please bring your own fishing gear and bait. Lunch will be provided; stick around for your chance to win a door prize!

For more information contact Moria Painter (270) 343-3797.

Nature Rocks Club

Flyer for nature club, details below.

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery in partnership with the Russell County Public Library offers a monthly nature-themed program. The Family Nature Club is designed to reach youth and adults in the local area to encourage outdoor interest while learning about natural resources. Meeting locations will rotate between two locations. Meet at the library during the moths of January, February, March, November, and December.

All families are welcome. It is requested that all children in attendance be accompanied by an adult. For more information call the library at 343-3545 or 866-5200.

Nature Craft Club

Flyer for nature craft workshop

Love nature? Love to craft? Join expert crafter Eli Mackewich at Wolf Creek NFH in making your very own nature inspired craft! Craft costs will not exceed $10. Fun for all ages. Join us 4:30 - 6:00pm CST on the first Thursday of the Month (except for June). For more information moria_painter@fws.gov., 270-343-3797

All families are welcome. It is requested that all children in attendance be accompanied by an adult. For more information call the library at 343-3545 or 866-5200.

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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
  • 4H Fishing Club
  • Family Nature Club
  • Friends of Wolf Creek NFH, Inc.


Aerial photo of the Wolf Creek water outflow meeting the Cumberland river
Outflow from Wolf Creek NFW 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: Eight permanent
Annual budget (FY16): $985,000

A preteen boy smiles as he is assisted in removing a trout caught on his line

This 4H Fishing Club member is all smiles with his catch during their meeting at Wolf Creek. Photo: USFWS.

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 mussles 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: August 3, 2016