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The Blackwater Hatchery provides visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the native fish species in Northwest Florida. The Center manages multiple lakes in the area, and throughout the year it is possible to see young fish in the hatchery ponds. Staff also raise Striped Bass, hybrid Striped Bass, Channel Catfish and several Bass and Bream species which have been stocked in rivers and lakes throughout Florida.
In addition to their hatchery work, researchers at this facility have done studies on the rare but impressive Alligator Gar, as well as Bass and Bream species. Tours of the hatchery and the research facility are available upon request (see contact above).
While at the hatchery, visitors can look for many bird varieties. The site has been designated as part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, and over 80 species have been identified here. The ponds are popular for wading and shorebirds, while the short trails give birders the possibility of spotting woodpeckers and songbirds. Stop at the bird kiosk to see what others have spotted and log your own sightings!