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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Norfork National Fish Hatchery

lies near the base of Norfork Dam.  This "is the nation's largest federal trout production facility.  Two million rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout are raised for restocking areas impacted by the construction of dams, primarily in the tail waters of Norfork and Bull Shoals dams, and also other areas in cooperation with agencies in Arkansas and nearby states."  U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

We were in Mountain Home for business so we stopped by to have a look see.
There have been rumors it was closing but I verified they were repairing and soon would be back to full operational capacity.
The hatchery has been a constant in our lives.  We enjoyed visiting with our children and their children.  A free place to see how fish are "made" and just enjoy the views and the fresh fish air.
Each runway has it's own age and type of trout.
The young fry in different stages are kept indoors.
I had my pocket Canon Power Shot but I kept clicking.
They transport and release their fish where they are needed.
Outside the runways and the fish are progressively bigger.
Nets cover the area to prevent water birds 
and other fish eaters from having a picnic.
Before I reached the end of the "runways" I knew why there were fans in the nursery. It was HOT.  I thought y'all could take my word that waaaaayyy down there are the big trout.  I headed for the truck, AC and a cold drink.  Hubby had enjoyed watching people catch fish.
We'll be back on a cooler day.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Smart to have a net over the ponds. Otherwise, that would be like shooting fish in a barrel.
Hot in Arkansas in July? Never.
Really big facility.

Lux G. said...

Oh wow all those fishes! Thanks for the tour.

eileeninmd said...

Good morning, the fish hatcheries are cool to visit. Awesome series of images. The birds could have an all you can eat buffet there. Stay cool and enjoy your day!

LindaG said...

We have a small hatchery here, but they don't have anything like you showed.
I like the smell of fish air, so thanks for sharing with us, Gail!
Hope you all have a blessed day!

Sandy said...


My kind of fish!!!! I wanna go.....I wanna go, LOL
With my fishing pole, and a grill to cook my catch.

Sketching with Dogs said...

Hope you enjoyed your visit.
Lynne x

Karen S. said...

Absolutely go back when it's a bit cooler, but how fun and it's great for us being able to see it from our air conditioned places!

Linda Kay said...

That is really a fascinating place!

Truedessa said...


That was interesting..thanks for sharing..I've never been to one.

TexWisGirl said...

that would be cool to see! fresh fish air made me laugh.

Carol Henrichs said...

Did you get a chance to visit Dry Run Creek, just east of the parking lot for the hatchery? It is a place where kids can fish and is handicap accessible. The spot is spectacular and is well kept. It is teaming with huge rainbows and brown trout, swimming just below the surface of the water. This is one of my favorite places--not to fish with a pole, but to fish with my camera.

Carol Henrichs said...

Never mind, I just checked out your previous post. Opps! Beautiful little spot, isn't it?

Lowcarb team member said...

Two million different fish ... now that's a lot.
Thanks for sharing the visit with us.

All the best Jan

Susan Kane said...

Nice to know that these fish will supplement the fish in the wild. I love fishing.

Haven't done any work on header yet--lots of health issue in the family.

Country Gal said...

Looks like a cool place to visit . Over here in Ontario we have Trout farms that do the same thing . Lovely photos . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

Mary Ann said...

First, I love the header... and I have never been to a fish hatchery, so I really enjoyed reading about it. Hot here, too!

Sandra said...

that is a LOT of fish and now we know how they are 'made'... hot here to ... the canon powershot does a great jobm

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