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

Mallard in flight during dusk.
Our Partners
Departments of the Interior and Agriculture Announce Members of Federal Council to Support Hunting, Conservation Efforts
In advance of National Hunting and Fishing Day on September 24, the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Agriculture today announced 18 members of the Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council.  
A small brown and yellow speckled fish in a biologists hand.
Department of the Interior Celebrates Recovery of the Snail Darter
Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and dozens of conservation partners celebrated the snail darter’s recovery and removal from the Federal List of Threatened and Endangered Wildlife at Seven Islands Birding State Park. The snail darter is the fifth fish species delisted due to recovery in...
A cow moose leads her still wobbly legged calf to the River for its first drink.
Get Involved
Head Outdoors and Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week October 9-15
Walk, run or stroll in nature during National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 9-15, 2022. Enjoy great outdoor recreation in the nation’s largest network of public lands dedicated to wildlife conservation, the National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Founded in...
Three students fish from pier at Masonville Cove with Baltimore skyline in background
Our Partners
Baltimore Residents Flock to Masonville Cove to Connect with Nature 
In celebration of National Public Lands Day, families today explored the nation’s first urban wildlife refuge partnership through a variety of activities at Masonville Cove. The site, which includes 70 acres of water and 54 acres of restored wetlands and nature trails in the heart of Baltimore City...
Two bald eagles perched along a nest
Wildlife Management
Service Proposes Improvements To Incidental Take Permit Process for Eagles
Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing improvements for how it processes permits for the incidental take of bald and golden eagles. The bald eagle’s recovery is one of the United States’ most important wildlife conservation success stories, yet the future of golden eagle populations...
a turtle with its legs tucked inside crossing a trail
Wildlife Crime
Brothers sentenced for roles in conspiracy to smuggle native turtles from the U.S.
Prison sentences follow after more than 600 turtles were stuffed in socks and bound with tape inside mislabeled boxes to avoid detection.

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 us for the Return of the Salmon Festival in 2022!  This one day FREE event showcases the work of the Coleman National Fish Hatchery during the return of the fall Chinook salmon.  This family friendly event will have informational booths, and...

Coleman National Fish Hatchery
Coleman 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
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