Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
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Welcome to Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

Come face to face with the Region's trout, explore karst terrain, and see our exhilarating exhibit hall! Much more awaits the entire family in a fun and engaging educational journey at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery! Visitors are welcome to tour the hatchery, Visitor/Environmental Education Center, and to fish in the creek! Hatchery grounds are open 365 days a year while the Visitor/Environmental Education Center remains open 364 days annually (only closing on Christmas Day). FREE visitation! Make plans today to get connected with nature at Wolf Creek NFH!

Upcoming Events

Nature Hour

Flyer for nature hour, details below.

Open to all ages, no cost to attend!

Each time you attend a session you will receive a ticket. Bring your own reusable water bottle with you each time and receive an extra ticket! At the end of the year we will have a prize drawing.

For more information contact Moria Painter or Ashley Buffington by phone at 270-343-3797 or by email at moria_painter@fws.gov or ashley_buffington@fws.gov.

Fly Fishing Clinics

Flyer for fly fishing clinics, details below.
  • Learn more about fly fishing and hatchery creek.
  • 2nd Saturday of each month.
  • RSVP - One week prior to clinic.
  • Cost - Every effort will be made to offer FREE clinics, a nominal fee may apply.
  • We encourage you to bring your own equipment - equipment will be provided on a limited basis.
  • Please dress appropriately for the weather, each class may include an outing.
  • Classes may be cancelled or rescheduled due to weather - Call the hatchery for details.

For more information contact Moria Painter or Ashley Buffington by phone at 270-343-3797 or by email at moria_painter@fws.gov or ashley_buffington@fws.gov.

2nd Annual Hatchery Creek Trout Trot 5k

Flyer for hatchery creek trout trot 5k, details below.

Download the Registration form.

Registration fee: Early bird on or before March 13: $20 Late Registration after March 14: $25.


  • Registration: 8:00 - 8:45am CDT
  • Race Begins: 9:00am CDT
  • Awards following the race.

Race Day Details

  • Post race finish line awards with special trout medallion prize medals awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category.
  • Award categories: Male and Female - Age groups 12 & under, 13 - 19, 20 - 29, 30 - 39, 40 and over.
  • Jogging strollers only, dogs on leash are OK.
  • Runners 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Course - Off road gravel trails - minimal pavement, some hills, may cross waters, easy to moderate terrain, along portions of Hatchery Creek and Cumberland River.
  • Proceeds go to sponsor Friends of Wolf Creek NFH - School Field Trip Scholarship.
  • Water and snacks provided.

Date registration form below and return it with your registration fee to Moria Painter: 50 Kendall Road, Jamestown, KY 42629.

Nature Craft Club

Flyer for event; details below.

February and March: 2nd Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00pm CST.

April and May: 2nd Thursday from 5:00 - 6:30pm CST.

Join expert crafter, Eli Mackewich, at Wolf Creek NFH in making your very own nature inspired craft! Craft costs will not exceed $12. Fun for all ages. Please RSVP prior to class.

Upcoming Topics:

  • February: Rolled Paper Baskets
  • March: Wind Chimes and Sun Catchers - $5
  • April: Mushrooms - $12
  • May: Leaf Casting - $10

For more information please contact Ashley Buffington or Moria Painter 270-343-3797.

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Public Use Opportunities

  • More than 100,000 visitors yearly
  • Visitor/Environmental Education Center
  • Hatchery tours
  • On-site/Off-site presentations
  • ADA accessible public fishing area
  • Nature Explorer Hiking Trail
  • Fishing Events
  • Nature Hour
  • Nature Craft Club
  • Friends of Wolf Creek NFH, Inc.


Aerial photo of the Wolf Creek water outflow meeting the Cumberland river
Outflow from Wolf Creek NFW meets the Cumberland River. Photo: USFWS.

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery Visitor/Environmental Education Center
Our Visitor/Environmental Education Center. Photo: USFWS.

Station Facts:
Established: 1975
Number of staff: Nine permanent
Annual budget (FY17): $985,000

Two volunteers clearing a trail.

Volunteers make Wolf Creek NFH great! Volunteers John Adams and Julia Hoss make improvements to the nature trail.

A USFWS team member hand feeds trout in one of the hatchery raceways

Hand feeding fish at the raceways. Photo: USFWS.


USFWS team harvests cultured mussels

Employees harvest mussles cultured on site. Photo: USFWS.


Painted creekshell mussels in hand

Painted creekshell mussels. Photo: USFWS.


Painted creekshell mussels on a rocky substrate

Painted creekshell mussels on rocky substrate. Photo: USFWS.

Last updated: January 30, 2016