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Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery, LA

Fish and Wildlife Service

Overview

The Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery (NFH) became operational in 1931 under the authority of the White Act as a warm water facility that would produce catfish, largemouth bass, bluegill, and redear sunfish for local public waters and farm ponds. Since 1931, resource needs in the southeast have changed and the mission of the station has changed with the times. Recovery of threatened or endangered fish (pallid sturgeon), and management of interjurisdictional fisheries are also raised to accommodate recreational fishing needs and restoration efforts on Service Lands. There are 53 ponds, each averaging 0.8 acres in size. There is no designated walking trail, but you are welcome to walk on the levees to birdwatch or to just enjoy being outdoors.

Recreational Activities:

  • FISH HATCHERY
  • FISHING
  • INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS
  • VISITOR CENTER

Address:

615 Highway #1, South
Natchitoches,LA,71457
Phone: (318) 352-5324
Email: Karen_Kilpatrick@fws.gov

Directions:

Exit I-49 at Exit 138 and take Highway 6 East until it intersects with LA 3110 (this should be the first traffic light). Take a right onto LA 3110 and follow it until it dead ends into LA 1. Take a left on to LA 1. The hatchery will be on the right approximately one half mile. You will see a long hurricane fence that encloses the ponds and hatchery property and then the Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery sign in front of the public aquarium building.

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