Open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Buford Trout Hatchery in Forsyth County allows visitors to view up to one million trout, both brown and rainbow, being reared to stock Georgia waters. Visitors can take a tour of the hatchery on Saturdays at 1pm and can even feed the fish. Also on site is a family pond providing catch and release fishing of bluegill and catfish. Children (under age 16) may fish for free, but adults and teens (age 16 and older) must have a valid Georgia Fishing License.
The pond, along with a nature trail that snakes around the property, is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located on the banks of the Chattahoochee, this hatchery is a fun and informative environment for the whole family.
Also on site is a pond that, while managed primarily to clean hatchery effluent, also provides families with catch and release fishing opportunities for bluegill and catfish.
Loading trout from raceways into the stocking truck
Water intake for hatchery on Chattahoochee River
Buford Trout Hatchery gets the water used to grow trout from the tailwater area of the Chattahoochee River immediately below Lake Lanier. Natural processes occurring in the lake throughout the year can have an effect on the water quality downstream of the dam. This in turn can affect hatchery operations.
Click here for a description of the annual water quality changes that occur in Lake Lanier (and many other Southeastern reservoirs). Former WRD biologists Bill Couch (Buford Trout Hatchery Manager) and Reggie Weaver (Lake Lanier Fisheries Management Biologist) developed this information.
Region Office (770) 535-5498
Hunting & Fishing Licenses, Boat Registration 1-800-366-2661
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Hunting License, Fishing License or Lands Pass
3204 Trout Place Rd.,
Cumming GA 30041
N 34.13827, W -84.0913
Hatchery: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Nature Trail and Pond: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.