Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery

Near Natchitoches, Louisiana

Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery does not offer reservations through Please take a look at the area details below for more information about visiting this location. Enjoy your visit!


The Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery 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 species (Louisiana pearlshell mussel), restoration of imperiled species (alligator snapping turtle, paddlefish) 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.