Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery was established in 1899. The hatchery's primary recovery focus occurs in Georgia, but work performed benefits species throughout the 10-state Southeast Region. The hatchery restores and manages inter-jurisdictional coastal and riverine fishes such as Striped Bass, Alligator Gar, and Lake Sturgeon. Species such as Striped Bass and Lake Sturgeon are vital to fishery resources of the Southeastern United States and the Atlantic Coast managed in cooperation with the various state game and fish agencies. The hatchery works with many partners including the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to recover Sicklefin Redhorse in North Carolina. The hatchery recovers species listed under the Endangered Species Act, such as freshwater mussels. Recovery efforts also include candidate ESA species and state listed species such as Gopher Tortoises and Gopher Frogs.

Visit Us

Warm Spring National Fish Hatchery facilities include a public aquarium and displays which highlight the work done on station and by the Fish and Wildlife Service. Over 50,000 visitors annually get up close with our species and the conservation hatchery process. Educational opportunities for groups exist during visits to learn more about hatchery operations and resource issues.

Location and Contact Information

      What We Do

      The role of our hatchery is recovery of species that have become imperiled. Our mission is to remedy impacts of manmade dams that have altered a stream’s natural reproductive capability; to recover threatened or endangered populations; to restore inter-jurisdictional fish populations; to support depleted recreational fish populations in Federal and state waters.

      Our Organization

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      Our Species

      Species on station include:

      • Alligator Gar
      • Freshwater Mussels
      • Gopher Frogs
      • Gopher Tortoises
      • Gulf Coast Striped Bass
      • Hybrid Bass
      • Lake Sturgeon
      • Sicklefin Redhorse

      Projects and Research

      Warm Springs NFH produces fish, freshwater mussels, tortoises, and frogs for recovery programs within the state of Georgia and throughout the Southeast Region. Every year, the hatchery stocks thousands of fish in Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Florida. Gopher tortoises and gopher frogs are released every year across the state of Georgia.