Welaka National Fish Hatchery
Southeast Region



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What can you do?

Credit: USFWS

Credit: USFWS

Please visit our aquarium at the Welaka Unit.

  • Aquarium Hours: 7am to 4pm daily.

Fish raised at the hatchery as well as other native species of fish, amphibians and reptiles are on display, information and brochures pertaining to the hatchery and it's operation are also available at this location.


Map of Welaka NFH







  • 1. Aquarium - Visitor Center
  • 2. Hatchery Residences
  • 3. Office - Garage Complex
  • 4. Production Ponds
  • 5. Wayside Exhibit and Information
  • 6. Equipment Storage Building
  • 7A. Pumphouse
  • 7B. Pumphouse








Observation Tower

Located at the Beecher Unit for your use and convenience is an observation tower, interpretive information and a 0.75 mile nature trail. Many species of water birds can be observed in this area.


Abuntant Wildlife

Squirrels, raccoons, opossums, rabbits, deer, turkey and an abundant variety of birds can be seen throughout the year around hatchery. The scenic St. Johns River offers sportsman an opportunity to fish in the "Bass Capitol of the World".


Group Tours

Special group tours of the hatchery can be arranged with the Hatchery Manager.


Additional Information

Please direct questions and comments, via E-mail or telephone, to:

Allan Brown, Hatchery Manager
Welaka National Fish Hatchery
P.O. Box 130
Welaka, Florida 32193-0130
(386) 467-2374


Last updated: September 16, 2009