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Senecaville Hatchery to Close to Visitors During Improvement Project

SENECAVILLE, Ohio – Senecaville State Fish Hatchery will close to the public on Monday, June 26 while improvement projects are ongoing, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Senecaville State Fish Hatchery is in southern Guernsey County, below the Seneca Lake dam, at 57199 Seneca Dam Rd., Senecaville, Ohio 43780. The hatchery lies on more than 120 acres of land. It was constructed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1938 and transferred to the Division of Wildlife in 1987. The most recent hatchery renovations were in 1995.

Planned improvements include installing new water supply lines from Seneca Lake to the hatchery, renovating fish production ponds, and upgrading the fish holding house. The hatchery will remain operational for fish production. Improvements are expected to be completed by the fall of 2023, at which time the hatchery will re-open to the public.

Senecaville State Fish Hatchery has 37 ponds and 16 indoor rearing troughs. Water is supplied to the hatchery by Seneca Lake, which can deliver 2,000 gallons per minute. This water supply allows the hatchery to raise saugeye, walleye, hybrid-striped bass, and channel catfish. Saugeye, walleye, and hybrid-striped bass production begins in the spring. Channel catfish production occurs in the summer, using breeding adults kept at the hatchery year-round.

Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio General Assembly provided $1.6 million in funding for the project through the 2021-22 capital budget.

The mission of the Division of Wildlife is to conserve and improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and appreciation by all. Visit wildohio.gov to find out more.

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