Welcome to Erwin National Fish Hatchery
Notice: Available for public review, Erwin Linear
Trail Extension Environmental Assessment
Although most hatchery lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy,
that you do the
- Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations
based on local
public health conditions.
- Face masks are
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.
- Established: 1894
- Number of staff: Five
- Three strains of rainbow trout
Public Use Opportunities:
- More than 40,000 visitors annually
- Hatchery tours
- Visitor center
- Picnic pavilion
- Unicoi Co. Heritage Museum
- Wildlife viewing area
- Produce 13 million disease-free eggs annually for Federal, state, and tribal hatcheries to
support their fishery management efforts. This hatchery also provides eggs to research centers
- Assists tribal governments in managing fisheries resources on tribal lands
- Supports projects to enhance federal fish and wildlife trust species and their habitats in
the Southern Appalachian Ecosystem, in which this hatchery is located.
- Provides environmental education whenever possible
- Develop and maintain partnerships with chambers of commerce, state tourist organizations,
congressional staffs, and other non-governmental organizations in order to promote regional
support for the fish hatchery
- Maintain a good working relationship with the Unicoi Co. Heritage Museum which is located on
the grounds of the fish hatchery
Happy Rainbow Trout Broodfish. Photo: N Heil, USFWS.
Egg Incubation System. Photo: N Heil, USFWS.
September 30, 2021