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The Great American Hatchery Road Trip – Private John Allen 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!

This week we’re visiting Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery in Mississippi.

Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery, established in 1901, is a warmwater hatchery, meaning their water stays at a mad luxurious 75-85 degrees! They raise fish that are important to Mississippi, the Lower Mississippi River Alluvial Valley, and the Gulf Coast, including alligator gar, lake sturgeon, Gulf Coast striped bass, Gulf Coast walleye, largemouth bass, and bluegill, just to name a few. Their staff also travel across the country like aquatic habitat superheroes, removing dams and installing culverts to improve habitat and increase aquatic passage.

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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