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Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Game Farm
Established in 1945 to propagate game animals for release, this site is home base for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. No longer a game farm, this area is becoming a prime educational/recreational complex with the opening of Salato Wildlife Education Center slated for fall...
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Frankfort Fish Hatchery
Description: The Frankfort Fish Hatchery was built in the 1950’s on land donated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, and operated as a federal fish hatchery until 1986. The hatchery is situated on Elkhorn Creek where sycamore, box elder, walnut, and silver maple are abundant. Travelers approaching the site when it is hidden by lush vegetation may find it difficult to believe that the facility is nearby. The hatchery uses state-of-the-art equipment to produce channel catfish, bluegill, largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, walleye, goldfish, and fathead minnows. Although no attempt is made to produce albino catfish, visitors can see specimens in several of the hatcheries 45 rearing ponds. A research project on freshwater mussels may also be viewed.

Wildlife to Watch: An outside display pool, maintained March to November, contains bass, bluegill, hybrid striped bass, trout, paddlefish, gar, carp, buffalo, crayfish, goldfish, several catfish species, frogs, and a snapping turtle. Wood duck, Canada goose, and wading birds such as great blue and little green heron are common here spring, summer, and fall. Ospreys occasionally visit. The site is excellent for viewing American kestrel, orioles, swallows, and soaring vultures.

Special Tips: Open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., year-round. April, May, and June are best for observing hatchery in full operation.

Barrier-free access to display pool and hatchery building.

Other Activities: Anglers can walk to Elkhorn Creek to fish from the banks (fishing license required). An 11-acre island, owned by the hatchery, splits the waterway. Self-guided tours; group tours by appointment.

Ownership: Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources 
Size: 114 acres 
Closest Town: Frankfort

Facilities:
RestroomsParkingHikingPicnic tablesBicycling

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
SpringSummerFallWinter

Spotted Gar - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From Frankfort, travel north on US 127 (toward Owenton) 8.5 miles to KY 2919 (Indian Gap Road). Turn right for 1.5 miles to hatchery entrance on right. Follow paved road to display area.

For more information call (502) 564-4957, or (502) 564-3596.

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Frankfort Fish Hatchery : Wildlife Viewing Area