Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery
Southeast Region
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We would like to bring your attention to our 2013 economic fact sheet.

You can check out our Friends Group at the following link Friends of Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery.

See some activities the Hatchery and our Friends Group are involved in, follow this link to learn more. Friends Group activities.

Who We Are and What We Do:

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Operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, this National Fish Hatchery (NFH) is one of many serving a vital role in the management of our country’s fishery resources. Dale Hollow NFH was established to mitigate for fishery resources which were lost due to the construction of federal water development projects in the Southeast. This is accomplished by stocking rainbow, brown, lake, and brook trout in waters impacted by federal dams. Stocking trout in public waters supports a significant recreational fishery which generates a substantial amount of economic activity for local and regional economies. This facility is also involved in the conservation of imperiled, freshwater, non-game fishes, and mussels.

Photo Credit: USFWS
Hatchery Building, various species produced. Credit: USFWS

Station Facts

Established: 1965.
Number of staff: eight.
Public Use Opportunities



Self-guided tours from 7:30A to 3:30P (CST) daily.
More than 40,000 visitors yearly.
Formal hatchery tours available upon request, please call ahead.
Off-site presentations.
Aquarium/visitor center.
Paved walking and exercise road.
ADA Accessible public fishing area (open daily, from daylight until dusk.
Nature viewing.
Friends of Dale Hollow NFH, Inc.

Station Goals

  • Provide rainbow, brown, lake, and brook trout for mitigation stocking in Tennessee and Georgia.
  • Provide rainbow trout to Alabama in return for Gulf Coast striped bass eggs and fry.
  • Provide a limited number of rainbow trout for non-mitigation stocking in Tennessee under a cooperative agreement with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
  • Assist in the recovery and restoration of imperiled aquatic species by developing propagation/culture techniques and rearing animals for reintroduction into the wild and for population augmentation.
  • Assist Tribal governments in managing fisheries resources on Tribal lands.
  • Work with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to ensure a thorough, perennial hatchery product evaluation program.
  • Provide quality environmental education opportunities.
  • Provide recreational fishing opportunities through Project Healing Waters.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with chambers of commerce, state tourism departments, and other agencies to promote regional support for recreational fishing and the fish hatchery.
  • Maintain a "Friends Group" to gain community and regional support for the fish hatchery.
  • Establish and maintain a pollinator garden providing specific benefits to the monarch butterfly.
  • Utilize the Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC) framework to manage Fisheries resource priorities.

Calendar of Events

  • June 8, 2019 - Twenty-third Annual Kids' Fishing Rodeo-held on Tennessee's Free Fishing Day
  • July 11, 2019 - Wilderness Day Camp Printable application
  • Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Events (exact date to be announced)
  • April through October - camping in adjacent Corps of Engineers Campground (reservations recommended)
  • Year-round fishing in local waters
Last updated: June 12, 2019