The Walhalla State Fish Hatchery

For the residents of The Cliffs and The Reserve at Lake Keowee, they are close to many scenic and historical locations. One nearby attraction may not be the first that comes to mind but is worth planning a trip – the Walhalla State Fish Hatchery! A beautiful drive from Highway 11 and surrounded by towering white pines and hemlocks.
The begins of the Walhalla State Fish Hatchery goes back to the mid 1930’s. Many of the hatchery quarters were built by the Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps. This fish hatchery is one of five in the state of South Carolina and serves a vital role in the management of the fishery resources. Operated by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, this fish hatchery is unique in that it is the only one in South Carolina involved in the culture of trout, a coldwater species. When the trout reach the appropriate size, they are stocked in suitable coldwater habitats.
The Walhalla State Fish Hatchery welcomes visitors to tour the facility. You are also able to fish in the East Fork Chattooga River, which runs through the hatchery grounds. Picnic areas are also provided for the public. The best time of year for a tour is in the Fall season where you are able to see more stages in the life cycle of trout.
This is a wonderful place for children and adults alike, especially for the avid angler in the group!