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Learn about Maine’s conservation efforts and what it takes to raise many different species of fish by visiting a fish hatchery.  This is a great family activity and is enjoyable to people of all ages!

GREEN LAKE FISH HATCHERY  

This large scale hatchery supports the Atlantic salmon recovery program for Gulf of Maine Rivers, and provides smolts and parr.  The fish are released into the Penobscot River basin, Narraguagus River basin, and the Pleasant River basin.  This hatchery releases 650,000 yearling smolts and 350,000 fall par every year into these basins.

Driving Directions:  

Drive Route 1A north to junction of 1A and Routes 179 and 180.  Bear right onto Routes 179/180, then bear left, remaining on Route 180 where the two routes separate.  Proceed on Route 180 until reaching the Hatchery entrance sign on the left.

Travel time from Ellsworth is about ten minutes.

Visiting Hours:

The Green Lake National Fish Hatchery is open every day from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM, except for major holidays.  We offer a self-guided tour at any time and, with advance notice, for large groups, a staff member will be available to you.

CRAIG BROOK NATIONAL FISH HATCHERY

This national fish hatchery raises seven river specific brood stocks of juvenile Atlantic salmon.  This hatchery offers many opportunities for visitors including a boat launch and picnic area on Alamoosook Lake, a boat launch and picnic area on Craig Pond, a nature trail with interpretive signs, an indoor visitor center with educational displays about watersheds, stewardship, and history.  It also offers a library and archives available by request, public restrooms, an Atlantic Salmon Flyfishing Museum, and a conference room and meeting facilities.

Address & Contact Information:

  • 306 Hatchery Road, East Orland, Maine, 04431
  • Phone: (207) 469-6701

 

Casco Fish Hatchery

State fish hatchery raising Landlocked Salmon, Brown Trout, Brook Trout and Rainbow Trout.

Address & Contact Information:

  • 70 Fish Hatchery Road, Casco, Me 04015
  • Phone:  (207) 627-4358
  • Contact:  Stephen Tremblay, Fish Culture Supervisor
  • Visitor Hours:  8am – 3pm (please call ahead)

Dry Mills Hatchery

State fish hatchery raising Brook Trout.

Address & Contact Information:

  • Address:  158 Weymouth Road, Gray, Maine 04039
  • Phone:  (207) 657-4962
  • Contact:  Greg Bell, Fish Culture Supervisor
  • Visitor Hours:  8am – 3pm (please call ahead)

Embden Rearing Station

State fish hatchery raising Brook Trout and Landlocked Salmon.

Address & Contact Information:

  • Address:  809 Cross Town Road, Embden, Maine, 04958
  • Phone:  (207) 566-0591
  • Contact:  Eugene Arsenault, Fish Culture Supervisor
  • Visitor Hours:  8am – 3pm (please call ahead)

Enfield Fish Hatchery

State fish hatchery raising Brook Trout and Landlocked Salmon.

Address & Contact Information:

  • Address:  45 Cobb Road, Enfield, Maine, 04493
  • Phone:  (207) 732-3676
  • Contact:  Jarod Hjort, Fish Culture Supervisor
  • Visitor Hours:  8am – 3pm (please call ahead)

Governor Hill Fish Hatchery

State fish hatchery raising Brook Trout, Lake Trout and Splake.

Address & Contact Information:

  • Address:  82 Hatchery Road, Augusta, Maine 04330
  • Phone:  (207) 287-5228
  • Contact:  Tom McLaughlin, Fish Culture Supervisor
  • Visitor Hours:  8am – 3pm (please call ahead)

Grand Lake Stream Fish Hatchery

State fish hatchery raising Landlocked Salmon

Address & Contact Information:

 

 

  • Address: 14 Hatchery Lane, Grand Lake Stream, ME 04637
  • Phone: (207) 796-5580
  • Contact: David Marsanskis, Fish Culture Supervisor
  • Visitor Hours:  8am – 3pm (please call ahead)

NEW GLOUCESTER FISH HATCHERY

State fish hatchery raising Brown Trout.

Address & Contact Information:

  • Address: 312 Fish Hatchery Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • Phone:  (207) 657-3423
  • Contact:  Tim Knedler, Fish Culture Supervisor
  • Visitor Hours:  8am – 3pm (please call ahead)

Palermo Rearing Station

State fish hatchery raising Brown Trout and Brook Trout

Address & Contact Information:

  • Address: 200 Gore Road, Palermo, ME 04354
  • Phone: (207) 993-2361
  • Contact:  Jamie Bray, Fish Culture Supervisor
  • Visitor Hours:  8am – 3pm (please call ahead)

SHY BEAVER TROUT HATCHERY

Privately owned hatchery raising Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, and Brown Trout.

Address & Contact Information:

  • Address: 161 Shy Beaver Road, Hollis, ME 04042
  • Phone: (207) 727-5841
  • Contact:  Sonny Pierce
  • Visitor Hours:  April – October, Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm; November – March call for appointment.