Facility Activities

A list of birds spotted at the hatchery can be found on the eBird website. This list is updated frequently by passionate local birders.

Backcountry cross-country skiing is allowed on the Ed Hastings Memorial Trail. Be advised the trail is not groomed and is a multiuse trail.  

Dogs must be leashed at all times and owners are expected to clean up after their dog.

Our outside pools are available for fish viewing. One pool is set aside with adult Atlantic salmon while the rest of the pools contain juvenile salmon. Visitors are asked not to throw any items into the pools.

Visitors can access fishing areas along the hatchery entrance road for fishing in Reed's Brook and/or Graham Lake.

Take your pick of 2,100 miles of refreshing trails and boardwalks. Whether you want a short, easy walk or a challenging hike, you’re likely to find what you want. Some trails are paved and universally accessible. Some trails include displays on visual arts, local history and culture or environmental education.
Whether you wield a smartphone or a zoom lens, you’ll find photo-worthy subjects at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries. Wildlife photography is a priority public use on national wildlife refuges, so you’ll find wildlife drives and blinds and overlooks to help you get the images you’re after.
A few sites allow picnicking at designated areas.
Many multi-purpose trails are open to runners and joggers as well as walkers and, in some cases, bicyclists. Some sites host annual fun runs. Check individual refuge websites for details.
Many refuges in the country's northern tier have backcountry trails that can be used for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in season. Some refuges loan out gear or rent it at low cost.
Many refuges champion wildlife viewing as a key recreational activity.