Fish and Aquatic Conservation

Visit a National Fish Hatchery

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice

Although most hatchery lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you Recreate Responsibly.

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • The CDC recommends all individuals wear a mask indoors in public in areas of substantial or high transmission. Recognizing that most of the United States is currently in substantial or high transmission categories and to best protect visitors and our staff, we’ve implemented a nationwide mask requirement. Masks are now required inside all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service buildings, regardless of vaccination status or location. All people, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask on all forms of public transportation and in healthcare settings on DOI lands.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.

Learn more about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coronavirus Response.

National Fish Hatchery System facilities are visited by more than one million people each year. In addition to offering opportunities for viewing the operations and learning about fish, many hatcheries also provide picnic areas and offer other activities such as fishing, hunting, hiking, sightseeing, nature study, birdwatching, and photography. The staff at each facility are always happy to answer questions. Larger visitor groups can arrange for guided tours by calling or writing in advance.

Educational materials for use by local area schools are available at many hatcheries. National Fishing and Boating Week is celebrated at many National Fish Hatcheries in June. Highlights of this event include fishing clinics, displays, demonstrations, and environmental education.

The National Fish Hatchery Systems serves a very important purpose – conserving our Nation’s fishery resources. Be sure and visit a National Fish Hatchery. Your support will help maintain this Nation’s tremendous fisheries.