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A man in the visitors center at Wolf Creek NFH inspects an environmental interpretation display with a black bear
Information icon Take a minute to enjoy the visitor's center at Wolf Creek NFH. Photo by Alex Hoover, USFWS.

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  • Several dozen children pose for a photo in front of a sign that reads "Eco Conservation Field Day"
    Information icon 4th grade students from Russell Springs Elementary School. Photo by Moria Painter, USFWS.

    Outdoor Eco Day Success at Wolf Creek NFH

    November 20, 2019 | 2 minute read

    Crisp autumn weather is the perfect setting for a day spent learning about Environmental Education in the great outdoors. For 229 fourth graders from Russell County Elementary schools enjoyed the annual Outdoor Eco Day hosted by Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery (NFH) and the Friends of Wolf Creek NFH, Inc. on October 25. Students arrived by bus in the early morning hours, departing the bus at the visitor center and traveling by foot to nine different stations located on hatchery grounds.  Learn more...

  • Two participants show off their catch of eight trout on the bank of Hatchery Creek.
    Information icon The couple who fish together, stays together. Photo by Mackenzie Foster, USFWS.

    Smiles abound at Wolf Creek for the 12th annual Catch a Smile Senior Fishing Derby

    November 20, 2019 | 1 minute read

    Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and the Friends of Wolf Creek NFH hosted the 12th Annual Catch a Smile Senior fishing derby on Sept. 24, 2019. Over 190 seniors, age 62 and over enjoyed the fun-filled day. Big fish! Equal even Bigger smiles! Photo by Mackenzie Foster, USFWS. Participants enjoyed a lunch of grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, drinks and desserts. Each participant took home a door prize, provided by local sponsors, that included camp lights, camp chairs, camp coffee pots, flashlights, fishing gear, and many other items.  Learn more...

  • Nearly two dozen veterans and a german shepherd pose for a photo in front of the Wolf Creek NFH visitors center holding their striped bass catch
    Information icon Group photo of participants. Photo by Ashley Buffington, USFWS.

    Wolf Creek hosts annual Wounded Warrior fishing event

    November 7, 2019 | 2 minute read

    On Sept. 11, 2019, Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and its Friends Group hosted the eighth annual Wounded Warrior Fishing Event. Typically, five or six fishing guides volunteer their services to take 25 wounded veterans out for a morning of striped bass fishing on Lake Cumberland. Seven guides volunteered this year, allowing the staff to offer an additional five spots on the voyage. With the warm lake temperatures, low oxygen this time of year, and lack of rain, even the stripers were showing signs of stress and weren’t biting often.  Learn more...

  • Wolf Creek and KDFWR go mussellin’

    November 5, 2019 | 3 minute read

    To the untrained eye, freshwater mussels are often overlooked or mistaken for rocks or other debris in stream beds and riverways. North America, particularly the Eastern United States, maintains the highest diversity of these animals. Freshwater mussels play a vital role in aquatic ecosystems as bioindicators and as natural in-stream filters, yet they rarely get the recognition they deserve.  Learn more...

  • Two women in USFWS uniforms supervise a booth at the Kentucky State Fair.
    Information icon Moria Painter and Jane Herndon ready for visitors at the Kentucky State Fair. Photo by Bob Herndon, USFWS.

    Showing off some trout at the Kentucky State Fair

    August 30, 2019 | 1 minute read

    Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery maintained a booth at the 116th Annual Kentucky State Fair. The booth displayed rainbow, brown and brook trout, event flyers, hatchery literature, and educational booklets. More than 600,000 people attended the 10-day fair and had access to the hatchery booth.  Learn more...

  • Tiny fish swim out of a plastic bag aand into a stream
    Information icon Barrens topminnows being released into Short Springs. Photo, Erin Johnson, USFWS.

    Barrens topminnows released into Short Springs

    August 22, 2019 | 1 minute read

    This spring, 67 Barrens topminnows were released into Short Springs located near Tullahoma, Tennessee. These Barrens topminnows were spawned at Conservation Fisheries Inc. (CFI). The Tennessee Aquarium and CFI provide Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery with the topminnows when they reach about 10-12 millimeters in length for grow-out. Cultured fish are released at about 25 millimeters, and Wolf Creek typically makes one or two releases during the year. The program is coordinated with the Cookeville, Tennessee, Ecological Services Field Office.  Learn more...

  • A handmade bottlecap ornament hanging from a tree with a child in the background.
    Information icon A snowman ornament made from recycled bottle caps. Photo by Moria Painter, USFWS.

    Celebrating the season with nature crafts

    December 20, 2018 | 1 minute read

    Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and the Friends of Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery hosted a Holiday Open House that drew more than 200 people to the hatchery on a chilly December day.  Learn more...

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