Walhalla State Fish Hatchery

Property Location

198 Fish Hatchery Road
Mountain Rest, SC 29664

Latitude: 34.98564  Longitude:-83.07137
Acreage: 65
County: Oconee

Property Type: Fish Hatchery

Hours of Operation

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, 7 days/wk only closed on Christmas Day or during inclement weather

Activities / Facilities

Nature Viewing Hiking

Property Description

Photograph of Walhalla Fish Hatchery

More information about the Walhalla State Fish Hatchery.

The Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps built the Walhalla State Fish Hatchery (WSFH) in the 1930's. In 1996, supervision of the hatchery was transferred from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. It is unique in that it is the only cold water fish hatchery operated by the SCDNR. Funding for the operation of the Hatchery is provided by Duke Power, U.S.Corp. of Engineers, Sport Fish Restoration (Federal Aid), and revenue from the sale of fishing licenses. The hatchery is staffed by a fisheries biologist, three technicians, and one part-time employee.

Fish produced at the hatchery are stocked in streams and lakes in Oconee, Pickens, and Greenville counties, as well as the tailwaters of Lake Hartwell and Lake Murray (Lower Saluda River).

Species Raised:

  • Brook trout
  • Brown trout
  • Rainbow trout

Number of raceways: 6 outdoor raceways sub-divided into 72 sections and 12 indoor raceways.

Production: Most of the trout are cultured to a catchable size of 9-12" before they are released. Fingerling trout are also produced to enhance the trout fishery. Approximately 500,000 trout are produced and stocked annually by the WSFH. Very large trout (5-15 pounds) are also kept at the Hatchery on display for the public viewing enjoyment.

Water Source: The East Fork of the Chatooga River and Indian Camp Creek