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

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...
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.  
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...
A group of people pose with the winning artwork depicting trumpeter swans.
Wildlife Management
Minnesota Artist Joseph Hautman Wins 2022 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest
After two days of competition, Joseph Hautman of Plymouth, Minnesota, emerged as the winner of the 2022 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest with his painting of three tundra swans flying over a wetland.
Quinault National Fish Hatchery fish culturist, Ed Lemieux, feeding salmon.
50 Years and Counting!
Quinault National Fish Hatchery employee and Quinault Indian Nation Tribal member Ed Lemieux has surpassed 50 years of employment! Read about how this dedicated fish culturist helped build up the fish production program into the success it is today and how he has create a legacy for his community...
Blue-winged Teal hen and ducklings swimming at Huron Wetland Management District South Dakota
Migratory Species
Interior Department Announces Nearly $105 Million for Wetland Conservation Projects and Refuges
The Department of the Interior today announced that more than $31 million in grants has been approved by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, which will conserve or restore 116,305 acres of wetland and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds in 18 states. The...

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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