Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery
Southwest Region

Coronavirus Update

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

  • Check the refuge or hatchery website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • 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.

Current Policies
The Department of the Interior’s current COVID-19 policy incorporates CDC guidance. As CDC science-based guidance changes, our policy will adapt. Visitors have always been encouraged by DOI to review CDC guidance when making their plans to recreate responsibly. CDC guidance indicates that fully vaccinated people are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission. Unvaccinated people must wear a mask indoors in DOI buildings at all times and outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained. 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. We will continue to ask visitors to follow CDC guidance to recreate responsibly.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


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The Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery is located on State Highway 7 a few miles northwest of Tishomingo, OK, on 235 acres of land next to Pennington Creek. The grounds include 50 ponds, three fish holding houses used primarily as nursery areas, four circular tanks and six large concrete raceways.

Located on tranquil Pennington Creek, which originates from the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer in southeast Oklahoma, Tishomingo NFH conserves imperiled aquatic species found in the Arkansas and Red River Basins. Captive breeding and rearing programs for the threatened Arkansas River shiner, alligator gar, and alligator snapping turtle reveal vital information for protecting and managing these species.

Conservation easements to 4,000 acres past the northern boundary of the Hatchery comprise most of the watershed for Pennington Creek and assure the unsullied condition of water flowing in the creek that is used by the Hatchery.


The hatchery was established in 1928 on land acquired through Indian heirs. Included in the land acquisition was the water right to divert 10 cubic feet per second from Pennington Creek for fish culture. This water right is one of the oldest water rights in the state. Construction was complete with the hatchery in full production by 1931.

The hatchery was originally established at its present site because of the high quality of Pennington Creek water and close proximity to a railroad. The hatchery was site to a grist mill and tourist park during those early days. Today the same water wheel that turned that grist mill is maintained by the Hatchery, and turns for the visiting public to view.

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Last updated: August 2, 2021