Department of Fish and Wildlife
Portion of Hatchery Creek below Wolf Creek Dam will close temporarily in November
Ky. – Hatchery Creek, which flows from the Wolf Creek National
Fish Hatchery to the Cumberland River, will close during November for the last
phase of construction on its renovation. Hatchery Creek is just downstream of
Wolf Creek Dam and Lake Cumberland in Russell County.
Creek is undergoing a complete redesign and renovation and will provide one of
the better stream trout fishing experiences in Kentucky when it opens late next
spring. The project also has a primary purpose of reducing or eliminating the
amount of sediment flowing into the Cumberland River from the eroded banks of
the former streambed.
upper section of the creek has remained open to public use during the
renovation, but the closure will now include this upper stretch.
closure will be temporary as our contractors prepare to connect the upper
section with the new channel under construction,” said Mike Hardin, assistant
director of the Fisheries Division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and
Wildlife Resources. “We expect the closure to this upper section to last
through November and advise the public to check with the Wolf Creek National
Fish Hatchery during this time before traveling to the stream to fish.”
new Hatchery Creek will emulate a natural trout stream with runs, pools, shoals
and wetlands. It will provide about one mile of restored stream to the public
for fishing. The rerouted stream will have natural plantings and ample rock to
help stabilize the banks and keep dirt from washing into the river.
surrounding area is getting rebuilt significantly to match up with the new
section of the creek,” said Rob Lewis, stream mitigation program engineer for
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “This will include new riffles and access points as
well as reclaiming the areas currently under construction.”
is expected the new Hatchery Creek will prove popular with the public once it
opens to public use.