See how the fishes grow at the Rathbun Fish Hatchery
Monday, August 17, 2015
If you’re looking for a unique tour that will feed your naturalist tendencies, check out the Rathbun Fish Hatchery. It is located in Appanoose County, Iowa, on the south side of Rathbun Lake, very near the dam.
The Rathbun Fish Hatchery is a warm water hatchery, the largest such hatchery in Iowa. It nurtures fish that need temperatures of between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit to grow. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources uses the hatchery to raise primarily Channel catfish and walleye, with muskellunge over-wintering at the facility. Fish from the hatchery are used to stock lakes, rivers, and farm ponds around Iowa.
The Rathbun Fish Hatchery is open year-round, Monday through Friday, for self-guided small group tours. Large groups need to make reservations. Visitors can see the operations of the hatchery from an elevated walk-way and observe native Iowa fish in the hatchery’s aquarium.
For contact info, visit http://www.iowadnr.gov/InsideDNR/DNRStaffOffices/FishHatcheries/RathbunFishHatchery.aspx.