Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
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Visitor/Environmental Education Center

Come face to face with the region’s underwater friends, explore karst terrain, see the inner workings of an active honey bee hive, and meet Dale, the lifelike animatronic fish biologist—all by stepping into the unique and exciting exhibit hall at the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery Visitor/Environmental Education Center.

Much more awaits the entire family in a fun and engaging educational journey through the Center—located on a working trout hatchery at the base of Wolf Creek Dam and beautiful Lake Cumberland. Visitors are welcome to tour the hatchery and fish the well-stocked creek below the hatchery. A theater, gift shop, picnic areas, wheelchair accessible fishing ramp, special events, and nearby camping and lodging make Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery a destination not to be missed!

Three children point at fish in an aquarium
Identifying fish at the Visitor/Environmental Education Center. Photo: USFWS.


Hours of Operation

Visitor/Environmental Education Center Hours:

  • Jan – Apr: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm CST daily
  • May – Oct: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm CST daily
  • Nov – Dec: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm CST daily

Wolf Creek NFH is open 7 days per week, 364 days per year (only closing on Christmas).


To view the virtual tour in a PDF document, please click here.

To view the Visitor & Environmental Education Center Rack Card, please click here.

Also, during your visit, don't forget to check out our gift shop! Operated by the Friends of Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, Inc., the shop offers a wide array of books, pins, fishing bait and light tackle, home decor and more - all designed with an outdoor/environmental education theme in mind. All proceeds from sales in the shop are used to help support the hatchery, its mission and environmental education and outreach needs. While on hand, take time to learn more about the hatchery as we offer a great hands-on scavenger hunt for younger kids and a new adventure called Questing! Inquire at the front desk for more information.



A photo of the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery Visitor's Center

A view of our Visitor's Center. Photo: USFWS.

A girl reaches out to feel a furry patch while two friends look on

Using the sense of touch at the Animal Idenitification exhibit. Photo: USFWS.

Children doing arts and crafts with recycled materials

Recycled materials are used for arts and crafts during Earth Day celebrations. Photo: USFWS.

A young boy looking through a magnifying glass.

Explore the touch table at the Visitor Center. Photo: USFWS.

Children all raising their hands together

Kids gather outside after participating in the Longest Day of Play. Photo: USFWS.

Last updated: January 25, 2017