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

3 people in boat fishing
$20M to Support Boating Infrastructure, Local Communities and Outdoor Recreation
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced more than $20 million in grant funding to assist states and territories in the construction, renovation and maintenance of marinas and other boating facilities for outdoor recreation. Reauthorized by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, this year’s...
A swimming eastern brook trout, a colorful fish with red fins along a yellow belly, and yellow and red spots on its olive green body.
Habitat Restoration
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Partners Announce More than $39.2 Million for Fish Habitat
Through the National Fish Habitat Partnership, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and partners are providing more than $39.2 million to support 95 fish habitat conservation projects in 24 states.
A juvenile lake sturgeon in the palm of a hand.
Wildlife Management
States Receive $56 Million to Advance Conservation Efforts and Protect Vulnerable Wildlife
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is distributing $56.5 million to state fish and wildlife agencies through the State Wildlife Grant (SWG) Program to support conservation and stewardship efforts for imperiled wildlife and their habitats.
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Land Management
US Fish and Wildlife Service seeks public input on proposed Southwest Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Area
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is exploring the possibility of a new conservation area across Southwest Florida and asks for the public’s input. The Service is examining opportunities to provide conservation assistance within a study area, which stretches from Lakeland to Naples with Lake...
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Endangered Species Act
Partners help red-cockaded woodpeckers regain ground in Virginia
State, nonprofit, university, and federal partners have collaborated for years in Virginia to restore red-cockaded woodpecker habitat, and reintroduce birds from healthy populations in other parts of its range. 

Upcoming Events

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Outdoor Activity



Come explore the fascinating world of lichens! Part algae, part fungus, lichens can live in the most extreme environments — yet can be sensitive to air pollution. You’ll learn how to identify the basic forms of lichen and how their presence — or absence —...

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
Outdoor Activity
SAP TO SYRUP Want to learn about Maple Syrup? Experience the entire maple syrup process, from tapping to tasting! What: Syrup Saturday Learn how to identify & tap maple trees, collect & boil the sap, and package nature's original sweetener. When: April 1, 2023, at...
Iron River National Fish Hatchery
Iron River National Fish Hatchery
Outdoor Activity

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...

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
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