National Fish Hatchery
"The Friends of Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery recognize the importance of the hatchery to the north Georgia area. We are committed to supporting the hatchery's mission, promoting conservation ethics, education, and encouraging the sport of trout fishing."
Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery is nestled deep in the heart of the North Georgia Mountains, approximately 75 miles north of Atlanta. Established in 1936, the hatchery has played an integral and valuable role in maintaining and enhancing the fishery resources of the southeastern United States for nearly three-quarters of a century.
The hatchery produces over one million rainbow trout annually for mitigation needs in Georgia as well as a few thousand brook trout. These fish are stocked into tailwaters, streams and lakes of north Georgia in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Corps of Engineers, Tennessee Valley Authority, and the U.S. Forest Service. These efforts help in maintaining recreational fisheries that would no longer be enjoyed by thousands of anglers due to the damming of natural waterways.
The hatchery also works to restore and recover imperiled aquatic species and their habitats. It is involved in a variety of conservation education programs and events for all age groups.
Everyone knows the value of friends. Friends are our advocates, allies, helpers and promoters. Just as we need personal friends, the Hatchery needs professional friends. Friends provide things the Hatchery cannot supply for itself, such as volunteer services, funding and advocacy.
Friends groups give citizens an active role in reaching out to and educating the public about how our National Fish Hatcheries are working to protect and preserve out natural heritage.
“Friends volunteer their time to help with fishing events and environmental education. It’s a great way to spend your time giving back!”
Roger Schulz, President
Deborah Burger, Vice President
Marilyn Parrott, Treasurer
Nancy Mims, Secretary
Larry Bundy, Marcus Tuschel, Dena Gooch, Roger Owenby, Stephen Tanner, Lindsey Keef
Friends of Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery
4730 Rock Creek Road
Suches, GA 30572