Visitor/Environmental Education Center
Come face to face with the region’s underwater friends, explore karst terrain, see the inner workings of an active honey bee hive, and meet Dale, the lifelike animatronic fish biologist—all by stepping into the unique and exciting exhibit hall at the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery Visitor/Environmental Education Center.
Much more awaits the entire family in a fun and engaging educational journey through the center—located on a working trout hatchery at the base of Wolf Creek Dam and beautiful Lake Cumberland. Visitors are welcome to tour the hatchery and fish the well-stocked creek below the hatchery. A theater, gift shop, picnic areas, wheelchair accessible fishing ramp, special events, and nearby camping and lodging make Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery a destination not to be missed.
Don’t forget to check out our gift shop operated by the Friends of Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, Inc. The shop offers a wide array of books, pins, fishing bait and light tackle, home decor and more - all designed with an outdoor/environmental education theme in mind. All proceeds from sales in the shop are used to help support the hatchery, its mission and environmental education and outreach needs. Take time to learn more about the hatchery; we offer a scavenger hunt for younger kids and a new adventure called Questing! Inquire at the front desk for more information.
Hours of operation
Wolf Creek NFH is open 7 days a week, 364 days a year (closed only on Christmas). Visitor/Environmental Education Center Hours:
- Jan – Apr: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm CST daily
- May – Oct: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm CST daily
- Nov – Dec: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm CST daily
Take a virtual photo tour of the environmental education center or download the Visitor and Environmental Education Center rack card.
In 2016, the Service completed an extensive rehabilitation and extension of Hatchery Creek. The creek provides pristine habitat for trout spawning and rearing and features riffles, pools, and runs, as well as a series of step pools for fish to enter from the Cumberland River. It extends over one mile, meandering through various habitats, and providing water/food sources for native wildlife.
Catch your limit in the upper section of the creek or explore the lower stretches with catch and release techniques. The upper section is accessible, equipped with reserved parking for individuals with handicap permits.
The creek is stocked three to four times per week. The creek limit in the Upper Section is five fish per person per day.
The campground will be open for the 2019 recreation season: March 28, 2019 - November 24, 2019. To reserve a site visit recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777 To reach Kendall Campground directly call 270-343-4660. For more information about Lake Cumberland visit http://www.lrn.usace.army.mil/locations/lakes/lakecumberland.aspx.
Hiking and biking
Take the Nature Explorer Hiking Trail Hike or bike the 3⁄4 mile trail, experiencing a variety of habitats just outside the Visitor Center. Challenge yourself with the nature trail scavenger hunt. Check with the front desk in the Visitor Center for more information.
Explore other nearby trails along the Cumberland River.
I-65 South to the Cumberland Parkway East, exit onto Hwy 55 at Columbia, to US Hwy 127, south to hatchery.
I-65 North to the Cumberland Parkway East, exit onto Hwy 55 at Columbia, to US Hwy 127, south to hatchery.
US Hwy 27 South to State Road 34 SW, to US Hwy 127, south to hatchery.
From Jamestown, KY
US Hwy 127 South for 13 miles, veer right just before Dam. Hatchery is less than 1 mile on right.
I-40 West, exit onto US Hwy 127 North, turn first left after crossing the Dam. Hatchery is less than 1 mile on right.