White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery
Northeast Region

Welcome to White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery

A Rich History

The hatchery, established in 1902, has been a member of the community of White Sulphur Springs for over 100 years.

The hatchery raises disease-free rainbow trout, and ships 9.2 million rainbow trout eggs annually to 26 federal, state and tribal hatcheries in 16 states, where the fish are grown and then stocked into our nation’s rivers so American’s can enjoy fishing, and the big catch at dinner.

The hatchery operates a state-of-the-art aquatic resource restoration center, to recover endangered species of freshwater mussels and crayfish, and restore the health of our rivers. Much like oysters and coral reefs that filter massive amounts of water, freshwater mussels play a very important role in maintaining water quality and supporting the ecological health of our rivers. The hatchery raises ten species of freshwater mussels, including 3 endangered species native to the Ohio River.

Biologists also are developing culture methods to help recover threatened and endangered crayfish, like the Big Sandy and Guyandotte River crayfishes in West Virginia.

In addition to serving the public as a national fish hatchery and native species recovery center, it is a place to recreate, relax and learn. The hatchery grounds are open till dusk all year long. Children ride bikes and adults read a book under big shade trees along the creek. Visitors enjoy accessible walking trails on the grounds, a hike up the neighboring mountain or a tour of the hatchery. Indeed, visitors, Scout groups and schools have been enjoying tours for decades.

The White Sulphur Springs Rotary Club and Friends of the White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery also help operate the annual kids fishing derby on Saturday of the Memorial Day weekend, and the annual Freshwater Folk Festival on the second Saturday in September.

Contact information:

White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery
1087 East Main Street
White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986

Last updated: March 14, 2019
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