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

bottomland hardwood forest
Land Management
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Acquires Nearly 250 Acres in East Texas
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has acquired nearly 250 acres of bottomland hardwood and pine forest with 4 miles of Neches River frontage at Neches River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in East Texas.
orange and blue sky over water
Land Management
Great American Outdoors Act Makes Public Lands More Accessible
The nation’s public lands are for everyone, and we at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are celebrating the two-year anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act, which is helping make greater access possible.
A pond at Camas National Wildlife Refuge with tall grass in the foreground and snowcapped mountains in the background.
Land Management
Idaho Refuge Begins $7.8 Million Project
The project will rehabilitate the water delivery systems of Camas NWR, improve wildlife habitat, enhance public access to better support visitors with disabilities, and improve roadways to support birdwatchers, photographers and hunters.
View of wetlands from the boardwalk at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland.
Get Involved
Service Seeks Public Input to Improve Access to Federal Lands
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it is asking the public to identify Service-managed lands where people would most like to see new or improved public recreation access. This effort continues the Biden-Harris administration’s goal to expand public access to federal lands and ensure...
Adult salamander crawls through short grass.
Wildlife Management
Service Seeks Public Comments on Establishing Objectives and Standards for Conservation Banking
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comments to assist in developing a proposed rule establishing objectives, measurable performance standards and criteria for use, consistent with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for species conservation banking.
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Our Partners
Director Williams Visits With Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
Our Director, Martha Williams, visited with members of partner Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, America’s first urban national wildlife refuge.

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

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

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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