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Saturday June 10, 2017 The Friends of the Norfork National Fish Hatchery did it again with our Annual Kids Fishing Derby!... Read More »


The Friends of the Norfork National Fish Hatchery, in conjunction with the Norfork National Fish Hatchery, kicked off the Kids Fishing Derby on June 13th, 2015 at the Quarry Park just at the base of the Norfork Dam on the North Fork River. About 200 kids, plus their parents, showed up for a fun filled morning of catching Rainbow and Brown Trout. Kids ranging from 2 – 15 years of age, were pl... Read More »


The Norfork National Fish Hatchery in Salesville, Arkansas is a great place to come and spend the day.   Spend your time gaining knowledge about our cold water trout and learn how these fish were first introduced into Arkansas waters some 53 years ago.   Then get up close and personal with some of the hatchery's bigger fish that lurk in the race ways and watch them make a splash when you... Read More »


Wow!  What an excellent adventure we all had Sept 6th at the 4th annual Hatchery Outdoor Adventure.  Our mission was to move at least 500 kids from their couches to our Dry Run Creek so they realize the treasure and beauty the outdoors offers.  And boy did they show up!  540 kids with parents came and enjoyed fishing the creek and the raceways with experienced fishermen, they ... Read More »


There isn't anything more exciting than to see a young angler catch their first Dry Run Creek Trout.  Trust us, when we say these fish come big in these waters.  Attention Parents and Grandparents, don't be jealous when your child pulls out that big fish that you have been personally searching for all of your angling life!  Click on any image below to see full size picture.   ... Read More »


The Hatchery Outdoor Adventure (HOA) is an annual event that takes place on the first Saturday after Labor Day in September. The purpose of the HOA is to disconnect kids from TVs and video games and expose them to the fun and educational things that they can do in the great outdoors.  The Hatchery Outdoor adventure draws in approximately 400 kids each year and is a FREE hands on event for you... Read More »


Hello everyone!  We had a great turnout for the 2014 Kid's Fishing Derby!  The volunteers and the Hatchery employees did a great job again this year to make sure the kids all had a good time! Every year, the Friends host this event to introduce as many kids as possible to the great sport of Trout Fishing out on the banks of Dry Run Creek and the Norfork River.  It's great fun for a... Read More »


What do you get when you place 200 kids with fishing poles on the banks of Dry Run Creek and the Norfork River?   The answer; a lot of Fun!   Each year our Annual Kids Fishing Derby brings out the crowds to allow them the opportunity to enjoy a fun filled day of fishing and light competition.  No matter your childs age, the Friends of the Norfork National Fish Hatchery is prepared. ... Read More »


Here are some images of our annual school programs and kids enjoying the day at the Norfork National Fish Hatchery.   Each year, on average, 15 area schools come and enjoy a day of learning about trout and recieve hands on help from our volunteers.  This includes work stations, biology/lab work, fly tying and certainly the most memorable working station; fishing dry run creek with their ... Read More »


Our 2nd Annual Membership Appreciation Dinner was another rousing success!   With an Oktoberfest theme, this fall event is filled with good food, campfires and fishing tales.  We encourage all of our friends (members) to come take part in this appreciation festival each October.   This is a time for the Friends of the Norfork National Fish Hatchery to show its appreciation for our m... Read More »