Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery
Southeast Region
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Welcome to the Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery

Although most hatchery lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick.

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

Established in 1903, the Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery is located in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, just across from the Missouri border about 65 miles northwest of Jonesboro, Arkansas. The hatchery is one of the oldest in the United States, and was built in the Ozark foothills in northeast Arkansas due to the availability of cool gravity flow water from the world’s tenth 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.


The Economic Impact

Credit: USFWSWarmwater fish stocked for recreational fishing, such as smallmouth bass, striped bass and walleye, have a tremendous economic impact. For every tax dollar spent for recreational fish production at Mammoth Spring NFH, $12 of net economic value is created. This amounts to a total economic output of more than $1.5 million every year! This economic stimulus comes from taxes generated, jobs created, and retail sales (like gas, food, lodging, rods and reels, and bait and tackle), all of which are created because of the recreational fish stocked out of Mammoth Spring NFH. The amount of taxpayer dollars used to support Mammoth Spring NFH’s yearly recreational fish production is far less than the taxes it generates! This activity creates 17 jobs with $380,000 in salary and wages earned. Mammoth Spring NFH is one of eight National Fish Hatcheries across the Southeast that is responsible for $26.8 million in annual economic benefits through warmwater recreational fish production.


Last updated: February 23, 2021