Fish and Aquatic Conservation


Arkansas National Fish Hatcheries

Greers Ferry National Fish Hatchery

349 Fish Hatchery Road
Heber Springs, AR 72543

Phone: (501) 362-3615
Fax: (501) 362-4007

Overview

Greers Ferry National Fish Hatchery, established in 1965, is nestled along the beautiful tailwaters of the Little Red River below Greers Ferry Dam. Nearby you'll find excellent opportunities for camping and world class trout fishing year-round. In cooperation with the State game and fish agencies of Arkansas and Oklahoma, the hatchery provides mandated mitigation of Rainbow and Brook Trout. The trout are distributed into tailwaters below federally operated dams located within Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. The hatchery is also involved in the conservation of imperiled non-game fishes. Over 50,000 people visit annually.

Visit Us

  • Large Scale Aquarium: No
  • Visitor Center: Yes
  • Open Weekends: Yes
  • Tours: Self-Guided
  • Education Programs: No
  • Trails: None
  • Wildlife Viewing: Limited
  • Special Events: No
  • Picnic Area: No
  • Public Fishing Access: No
  • Public Hunting Access: No
  • Raceways open for public viewing

Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery

302 Fish Hatchery Lane
Mammoth Spring, AR 72554

Phone: (870) 625-3912
Fax: (870) 625-3904

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 160
Mammoth Spring, AR 72554

Overview

The hatchery is one of the oldest, built in the Ozark foothills in northeast Arkansas due to the availability of cool gravity flow water from the world’s seventh largest spring and easy access to the railroad. Current programs involve the restoration of interjurisdictional fishes (paddlefish and sturgeon); recovery of endangered and threatened species including freshwater mussels; restoration of Gulf Coast Striped Bass populations; restoration of walleye, smallmouth bass and rainbow trout in the White River drainage; and fishery management and stocking recreational fish on national wildlife refuges.

Visit Us

  • Large Scale Aquarium: Yes
  • Visitor Center: Yes
  • Open Weekends: Yes (closed Sundays)
  • Tours: Self-Guided & Prearranged
  • Education Programs: Yes
  • Trails: Walking (nature trail)
  • Wildlife Viewing: Yes
  • Special Events: Yes
  • Picnic Area: Yes
  • Public Fishing Access: No
  • Public Hunting Access: No

Norfork National Fish Hatchery

1414 Highway 177 South
Mountain Home, AR 72653

Phone: (870) 499-5255
Fax: (870) 499-7755

Overview

Established in 1955, the Norfork National Fish Hatchery is a cold water hatchery primarily for the production of trout to restock the tailwaters below Norfork, Bull Shoals and other dams. The hatchery is responsible for raising three kinds of trout: rainbow, brown and cutthroat. In addition, Norfork National Fish Hatchery also provides trout to reservoirs and in cooperation with state game and fish agencies distributes fish throughout Arkansas and other nearby states. The Hatchery's geographic area covers eastern Oklahoma and the White River Basin in Northern Arkansas.

Visit Us

  • Large Scale Aquarium: No
  • Visitor Center: Yes
  • Open Weekends: Yes
  • Tours: Self-Guided & Prearranged
  • Education Programs: Yes
  • Trails: None
  • Wildlife Viewing: Limited
  • Special Events: Yes
  • Picnic Area: Yes
  • Public Fishing Access: No**
  • Public Hunting Access: No
    **Limited access, state has a restriction, must have a special permit to fish through AR Game and fish, any kid 15 and under can fish. People with disabilities can fish with permit from AR game and fish.