Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery (NFH) was constructed in 1975, making it one of the most recently constructed hatcheries in the federal system. The station currently produces over 1,000,000 rainbow, brown and brook trout each year. These fish are stocked into over 100 different public waters in Kentucky in close partnership with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Wolf Creek NFH is also working toward the recovery of several endangered species, including the Relict darter, Spotfin chub and the Barrens topminnow. Visitation to the hatchery is over 100,000 annually. In September 2006, the hatchery officially opened the Visitor/Environmental Education Center. The facility is currently the first and only center of its kind in the Southeast Region. Through state-of-the-art exhibits, classroom, indoor theater and gift shop, the center serves as a fun and engaging learning resource for all visitors, especially school children from the region. The center also offers a myriad of outreach programs and workshops (including the annual Catch a Rainbow Kids Fishing Derby, held on the first Saturday in June each year) and has launched the Biologist in Training (BiT) Program, an aquatic environmental education curriculum, which is designed for hatcheries and tailored to meet the needs of teachers in Kentucky. The facility is supported by the Friends of Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, Inc. and a strong volunteer staff.