Welaka National Fish Hatchery, FL

Fish and Wildlife Service

Welaka National Fish Hatchery

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...[more]


726 Highway 309
Welaka, FL 32193-0130
Phone:(386) 467-2374

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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

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