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BELLEFONTE
State Fish Hatchery
Centre County
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Growing Greener logo - click for more about how this location is improving through Growing Greener fundsOriginally constructed in 1933-34, the Bellefonte Fish Culture Station (hatchery) is situated on 100 developed acres (195 total acres) of land owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and managed by the Fish and Boat Commission.

The facility consists of exterior concrete raceways, display pools, 2 hatchery buildings that contains concrete and fiberglass interior raceways and Heath vertical tray and Bellefonte jar egg incubators. Water supply to the facility is from a spring and 2 production wells.

The legendary Fishermans Paradise fishing area is located by the hatchery on Spring Creek.

The Commission's H.R. Stackhouse School is also located at the Bellefonte facility. Among other purposes, it is the primary training area for Waterways Conservation Officers (WCOs). 

HATCHERY STATS
  • Employees: 10 full-time, 1 wage/seasonal
  • Average Trout Production: 338,918 lbs.
  • Average Production Costs: $2.17 per pound
  • Visitor Center: Yes
  • Average Annual Visitors: 6,000
PHOTOS
Bellefonte FCS and Stackhouse sign
Layout of hatchery and self-guided tour - click for larger image Fishermans Paradise sign - click for larger image
Main hatchery building - click for larger image H.R. Stackhouse School - click for larger image
Spring Creek with hatchery in background - click for larger image Inside main hatchery building - click for larger image
Hatchery ponds and buildings - click for larger image Raceways and hatchery buildings - click for larger image
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Bellefonte State Fish Hatchery
1115 Spring Creek Road
Bellefonte, PA  16823
814-355-3371
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Visitor Hours
Daily, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
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Location: Two miles southwest of the town of Bellefonte in Centre County along Spring Creek, Benner Township
FISH SPECIES PRODUCED
or STOCKED
brook trout
brook trout
brown trout
brown trout
rainbow trout
rainbow trout
golden rainbow trout
golden rainbow trout
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