The Great American Hatchery Toad Trip – Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery

June kicks 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!

Picture this: You’re driving down the interstate, cruise control on, windows down, stereo blasting. It’s a perfect 80 degrees, you don’t have to work, and you’ve got the whole day ahead of you. You pull off the road and a beautiful vista lies in front of you. A pond sparkles in the sunshine, birds are chirping happily in the trees, and best of all…it’s peaceful. You pop the trunk and pull out a fishing pole, that set of watercolors you’ve been meaning to use, your best pair of broken-in hiking boots, and breathe in the fresh summer air. But wait, where the heck are you?

Is it a national park? If we were going on overall vibes, the answer might be yes.

Is it a national wildlife refuge? Getting warmer but think more fins.

Is it one of the nation’s most underrated outdoor destinations…national fish hatcheries? Ding ding! We have a winner!

First stop, Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery in Maine.

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