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Welaka National Fish Hatchery, FL

Fish and Wildlife Service


The Welaka National Fish Hatchery was built in 1926 and originally operated by the State of Florida. Welaka is a warmwater hatchery. That is, the species of fish raised here do best in summer water temperatures that reach 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. In it's 41 ponds, the facility raises between 4.5 to 5 million fish annually. Species vital to the fishery resources of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and the coastal United States are raised here and stocked in cooperation with the various State game and fish agencies. Please visit our aquarium at the Welaka Unit. Fish raised at the hatchery as well as other native species of fish, amphibians and reptiles are on display. Information and brochures pertaining to the hatchery and it's operation are also available at this location. Aquarium Hours: 7am to 4pm daily.

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726 Highway 309
Phone: (386) 467-2374


Ponds are operated at two locations. Those ponds at headquarters, near the aquarium, are called the Welaka Unit, and a second group of ponds about three miles south of headquarters is called the Beecher Unit. The Beecher Unit is named for the spring that serves as the water supply. Water for the Welaka Unit comes from a well 423 feet deep and from the St. Johns River helps you discover and book trips to all of America's public places.
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