Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery is a 444-acre facility of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service located in the quiet rural setting of Virginia's historic tidewater plantation country. Established and constructed in the 1930s to raise warm-water fish for stocking in lakes and ponds, Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery now plays a key role in the Service's efforts to protect and restore imperiled populations of freshwater mussels and restore migratory fish in Atlantic coastal rivers and their headwaters.
Beneath the surface of the water, embedded in river bottoms, hidden in estuaries, and mistaken for rocks, lurk the invisible engineers of our aquatic ecosystems. Throughout our waterways, from urban rivers to the country streams, countless freshwater mussels are cleaning the water, taking out the...
To help you start thinking about leaving your chores for another day so you can enjoy time on the water—in any season—, here are a few national fish hatcheries that provide fishing access and are welcoming hotspots for anglers.
From fish to mussels, from wild rice to toads and yes, even gopher tortoises. Across the nation our network of national fish hatcheries raise 108 species for conservation – including five species of amphibians, seventy-three species of fish, twenty-five mussel species and two reptiles! This...
Last year, 13 hatcheries nationwide were involved in propagating creatures other than fish. Those hatcheries are hosts to 30 non-fish species — shelled, feathered, hopping — as well as growing more than 100 species of fish.
Come visit us. You can enjoy hiking, birding, wildlife watching, and picnicking at the hatchery grounds.
We have a hike-walking trail that follows Herring Creek and travels up to the 99-acre Harrison Lake, where you can also enjoy boating (non-motorized) and fishing. Visit Virginia Fishing Regulations and Licenses for more information on fishing in Virginia. Our hiking trail also takes you around the hatchery and through a large loblolly pine forest, past wetlands, and Herring Creek. Insect repellent and protective clothing are suggested during warm weather due to the presence of biting insects and poison ivy.
Call 804-829-2421, or email email@example.com to schedule a tour. We welcome schools, homeschoolers and youth groups.
The Fish and Aquatic Conservation program leads aquatic conservation efforts for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We are committed to tackling the nation’s highest priority aquatic conservation and recreational challenges to conserve, restore, and enhance fisheries for future generations.
The National Fish Hatchery System works to support healthy, self-sustaining populations of fish and other aquatic species across the country. Every year we raise and stock over 100 million fish to support the recovery and restoration of imperiled species, recreational fishing, and Tribal...
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