Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery
Southeast Region
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Although most hatchery lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick.

Learn more about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coronavirus Response.

Effective April 17, 2021, the raceway fish rearing area and aquarium/visitor center is open the public, visitors should continue to practice social distancing in this area.

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.

We are proud to provide opportunities for safe, enjoyable outdoor experiences at many of our national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries during the coronavirus pandemic. If visiting one of our locations, it is critically important to follow guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities on social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and exercising good hygiene. If a parking lot is full when you visit, please do not stop. We understand that the outdoors can help relieve stress, but these guidelines must be followed for our public health and safety. For now, visitor centers and other public facilities are closed and most scheduled events have been postponed. For more information visit our webpage, FWS Coronavirus Response.

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
2013 economic fact sheet.


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 12, 2021 - Twenty-fourth Annual Kids' Fishing Rodeo-held on Tennessee's Free Fishing Day
  • July 8, 2021 - Annuual 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: April 16, 2021