Vermont Fish Hatcheries

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Vermont has five state run hatcheries and two federally run, each with its own unique characteristics. Vermont started raising fish in 1891. The oldest hatchery is in Roxbury, built in 1890-91. The newest hatchery was built in 1991 in Grand Isle. The department's hatchery system produces almost a million fish annually. Additionally, our National hatcheries produce millions of fish annually.

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Hatcheries are open for viewing daily. For visitation hours or to schedule a group or school tour, please call the specific fish culture station listed below. 

Bald Hill Fish Culture Station

West Burke, VT.   802-467-3660
The Bald Hill FCS, located in Vermont's scenic Northeast Kingdom, opened in 1952 for the production of trout and salmon for stocking statewide. The role of Bald Hill FCS has changed in recent years. In addition to trout and salmon, the hatchery is raising walleye, a cool water species. Millions of walleye fry are stocked along with approximately 100,000 walleye fingerlings (2 inches in length) in a variety of waters throughout the state. At Bald Hill we also raise landlocked Atlantic salmon brood stock which are artificially spawned to supply other state and federal hatcheries with eggs. The facility is located eight miles north of West Burke, Vermont, off route 5A.


Bennington Fish Culture Station
Bennington, VT.  802-447-2844
Bennington FCS, built in 1916, is Vermont's second largest fish culture station. This culture station uses a combination of spring, artesian well, and stream water for raising brook, brown, and rainbow trout. The facility's interesting and informative activities and visitor center make it an attraction for visitors of all ages. Visitors can interact with the fish and possibly get a glimpse of a great blue heron, osprey, otters or mink. The station is located two miles from downtown Bennington on South Stream Road.


Ed Weed Fish Culture Station
Grande Isle, VT.  802-372-3171
Located in the picturesque island community of Grand Isle, the Ed Weed FCS began raising fish in 1991. It is the newest and largest of the five Vermont state hatcheries. A brochure available at the station will take you on a self-guided tour. Using Lake Champlain as its sole water source, this fish culture station raises over one-half million brook, brown, lake, rainbows, steelhead and landlocked Atlantic salmon yearlings (6 to 12 inches in length) for statewide stocking. It is also the home of the Vermont Trophy Trout. These two-year-old brown and rainbow trout are stocked every spring. The Ed Weed FCS and visitor center are located on Vermont route 314, across from the Lake Champlain Transportation Company ferry to Plattsburgh, New York.


Dwight D. Eisenhower National Fish Hatchery
Pittsford, VT.    802- 483-6618
In 2009, the hatchery was renamed the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Fish Hatchery formerly the Pittsford National Fish Hatchery. The hatchery grows sea run Atlantic salmon, landlocked Atlantic salmon, brook trout, lake trout.


Roxbury Fish Hatchery
Roxbury, VT.   802-485-7568
The Roxbury FCS, listed as a historic site on the National Register of Historic Sites, is the oldest of the culture stations. It began operations in 1891 following the 1890 legislation session in which a demand for more brook trout was identified. Nestled in the valley of the Third Branch White River, the station has a beautiful setting. The Roxbury FCS uses some of Vermont's cleanest spring water as its main source. In conjunction with its spacious cold water gravel ponds, the facility is raising brook trout and sea-run Atlantic salmon. Roxbury FCS is located eight miles south of Northfield on Vermont route 12 A.


Salisbury Fish Culture Station
Salisbury, VT.   802-352-4371

The Salisbury FCS is a brood stock station, producing approximately nine million trout eggs annually for the other state facilities. The station uses high-quality well water, an excellent water source for rearing adult brook, brown, lake, rainbow and steelhead trout brood fish and for the egg incubation system. When the adult fish are no longer needed for egg production, they are stocked statewide. The Salisbury FCS can spawn fish in the summer months in a light-controlled room. This room can mimic any cycle of daylight needed, enabling the fish culture station to provide eggs to other facilities earlier in the year which, in turn, gives the fish a longer growing season and allows the fish culture stations to grow larger fish. Salisbury has the largest fish of the culture stations. If you want to see big fish, this is the place to go! Salisbury FCS is located seven miles south of Middlebury, Vermont on route 53.


White River National Fish Hatchery
White River, VT.   802-234-5400
White River National Fish Hatchery (NFH) is a large “state of the art” coldwater fish production facility located in the heart of Vermont near the town of Bethel. Hatchery staff works to support both the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program (since 1978) and the Lower Great Lakes Lake Trout Restoration Program (on an interim and more recent basis). The mission of the hatchery is to produce and release over 5 million Atlantic salmon fry in tributaries throughout the Connecticut River watershed. The hatchery also supplies over 660,000 Lake trout yearlings for stocking Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.


Sweet Water Trout Hatchery
Shaye & Jennifer Collins
Collins Mill Road
Newport Center, VT. 05857
Phone: 802-744-6553
(Brook, Brown & Rainbow Trout)

Danaher Fishery
Matthew Danaher
1548 Eastham Road
Shrewsbury, VT. 05738
Phone: 802-492-3442
(Brook, Brown & Rainbow Trout)

Essex Technical Center
Hugh Gibson
3 Educational Drive
Essex Junction, VT. 05452
Phone: 802-879-5569
Rainbow Trout

Mountain Foot Farm
Curtis D. Sjolander
154 Blakely Road
Wheelock, VT. 05851
Phone: 802-626-9471
(Brook, Brown & Rainbow Trout)

Peak Pond Farm
Louis Warlick
RR1, Box 563
Randolph Center, VT. 05061
Phone: 802-728-5065
(Brook & Rainbow Trout)

Michael Gross
1221 Happy Hollow Road
South Royalton, VT. 05068
Phone: 802-763-7326
(Brook & Rainbow Trout)

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Lake Champlain Walleye Assoc.


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The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Conservation Group
More than 100,000 brook trout fry have been raised and stocked from the hatchery each year. Stocking Northern ponds and streams in Vermont.


The Lake Champlain Walleye Association
Walleye restoration and conservation in the Lake Champlain Basin


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