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The Great American Hatchery Road Trip – Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery

June kicked off a summer long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the National Fish Hatchery System. As part of our celebration, we’ve created a series of road trip blogs that crisscross the country highlighting national fish hatcheries that are more than 100 years old!

Join us each week for Road Trip Tuesday as we take you on the Great American Hatchery Road Trip!

For this week’s stop, we’re at Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery in Arkansas.

Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery was established in 1903. It was built in the Ozark foothills in northeast Arkansas because of the cool flowing water from the world’s tenth largest spring and its easy access to the railroad. Their current programs include recovery of endangered and threatened species like freshwater mussels and the restoration of Gulf Coast striped bass and rainbow trout in the White River drainage. They also produce lake sturgeon, walleye, largemouth bass, golden shiner, and threadfin shad!

The National Fish Hatchery System has been improving recreational fishing and restoring aquatic species since 1872 (uhhhh, yeah that makes them 150 years old!) and yet, lots of folks might not even know that their grounds are often open to the public and entry is FREE! The wonderful thing about fish hatcheries is that they offer something for everyone in your group…no more disgruntled sighs from the backseat!


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