Erwin National Fish Hatchery
Southeast Region
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Welcome to Erwin National Fish Hatchery

Station Facts:

  • Established: 1894
  • Number of staff: Five


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Fish Species:

  • 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


Station Goals:

  • 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 and universities
  • 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



Rainbow Trout broodfish

Happy Rainbow Trout Broodfish. Photo: N Heil, USFWS.

Egg Incubation System

Egg Incubation System. Photo: N Heil, USFWS.


Last updated: March 26, 2018