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. 

What We Do

Conserve Aquatic Species

National Fish Hatcheries raise aquatic species to help recover endangered or threatened species, improve recreational fishing, and fulfill tribal partnership and trust responsibilities. 

Distribute Fish to States and Tribes 

The National Fish Hatchery System hatcheries stock 98 million fish every year into rivers and lakes across the country. We raise over 100 different aquatic species, from endangered pallid sturgeons to freshwater mussels. 

Advance Conservation Technology

The basis for our conservation is applied science and technology. Fish Technology Centers assist National Fish Hatcheries by improving conservation techniques and methods. We conduct practical research in animal culture biology, genetics, ecological physiology, nutrition, biometrics and modeling, and cryopreservation. 

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What We Offer To The Public

Events and Activities

Nearly one million people visit the National Fish Hatchery System every year for incredible opportunities to hike, bird, fish, visit an aquarium, and learn more about fish conservation. 

  • Take part in a fishing derby. 
  • See a freshwater fish aquarium. 
  • Explore a nature trail. 

Community and Outreach

Our hatcheries and conservation offices partner with our neighboring communities to make a lasting difference.  

  • Volunteers - Gain new experiences and meet new people while helping to advance fish and aquatic conservation.   
  • Friends Groups - Join neighbors in helping hatcheries work effectively in our communities.   
  • Youth - Explore internship opportunities to learn and develop leadership skills. 

Learning Opportunities

We partner with schools across the country to bring fish and fishing into the classroom.  

  • Fish in the Classroom Programs. 
  • Virtual fishing and conservation lessons. 
  • In class and field trip-based programs.  

Latest Stories

A mexican wolf with a green and red radio collar stands looking at the camera
Endangered Species Act
Service Finalizes Changes to Mexican Wolf Management Rule 
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized revised management regulations for Mexican wolves in the wild. The final rule includes a modified population objective, a new genetic objective, and temporarily restricts three forms of take within the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Area in...
adult wyoming toad swimming among aquatic vegetation
Endangered Species Act
More Than $9 Million Awarded for Endangered Species Care During Pandemic
Together with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, we are distributing awards of over $9 million in additional federal reimbursements under the Endangered Species COVID-19 Relief program, funded by the American Rescue Plan.
Assistant Director for Migratory Birds, Jerome Ford, stands with Director Martha Williams as they hold the newly issued duck stamp.
Get Involved
New Federal Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp Soar Into Their Debut
Hunters, birders, and stamp collectors celebrated as the 2022-2023 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp – commonly known as the Duck Stamp – went on sale. The new Federal Duck Stamp and its younger sibling, the Junior Duck Stamp, debuted and are now available for purchase.
Coho salmon swim upstream from the Pacific Ocean in Washington
Wildlife Wonders
Life Along the Fish Highway: Fish Migration Across America
Fish are on the move and not just during Ocean Month each June! Yup, fish migrate in all kinds of ways – from oceans to rivers, streams to seas, within a single watershed, or even between deep and shallow water. Some fish travel just a short distance while others may swim hundreds to thousands of...
an orange butterfly on a purple flower
Interior Department Commits to Urgent Actions to Conserve the Monarch Butterfly
Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Shannon Estenoz, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Martha Williams and Senator Jeff Merkley joined science experts and policymakers at the first-ever Monarch Butterfly Summit in Washington, DC, on...
Fish Surveys at Baca National Wildlife Refuge
Endangered Species Act
Rescind Regulatory Definition of “Habitat” Under the Endangered Species Act
To better fulfill the conservation purposes of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (together the “Services”) will rescind a final rule, published in December 2020, which established a regulatory definition of “habitat”...

Upcoming Events

View the upcoming events at our national fish hatchery facilities.

Join Professional Volunteer Fly Fisherman Mark Lamberth on the 2nd Saturday of the month for a basic instruction to fly fishing. Mark has over 50 years of experience fly fishing in over 42 states with loads of enthusiasm to share!

The Fly Fishing Clinic with Mark Lamberth begins at...

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

Join Professional Volunteer Fly Fisherman Mark Lamberth on the 2nd Saturday of the month for a basic instruction to fly fishing. Mark has over 50 years of experience fly fishing in over 42 states with loads of enthusiasm to share!

The Fly Fishing Clinic with Mark Lamberth begins at...

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

Veterans who have suffered injuries related to their service are invited to the 9th Annual Wounded Warriors Fishing Event. There will be Striper Fishing at Lake Cumberland in the morning, followed by lunch, then Trout Fishing on Cumberland River or Hatchery Creek.    ...

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
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