Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium

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Fish Hatchery Road, Riverdale, ND
Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium is located directly downstream of Lake Sakakawea near Riverdale. The hatchery produces a variety of fish species to improve recreational fishing opportunities and facilitate recovery of threatened and endangered fishes.

The hatchery's visitor center houses five 300-gallon aquariums displaying many of North Dakota's fish species. Hatchery tours are available weekends and holidays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Guided tours are available year-around with reservations. Two trails located at the hatchery link the hatchery to the Downstream Campground and provide a great opportunity for hiking, biking or cross country skiing. The Wetlands Trail provides a unique adventure and insight into the value of wetlands.

The Lewis and Clark Trail brings you back to the hatchery and provides interpretation into the past. In October, trail-goers can witness the fall migration of salmon as they make their return to the hatchery.
All Features
Cost of Admission
  • Admission: Free
General Information
  • Hours of Operation: Memorial Day-Labor Day, aquarium 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; hatchery hours 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; guided tours hourly from11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and holidays, 1-4 Sundays.