Burton Trout Hatchery Begins Renovation

September 11, 2019

Burton Trout Hatchery Begins Renovation, Visitor Hours Change

For the first time in 70 plus years, the Lake Burton Trout Hatchery raceways are empty and dry, and the last of the trout has entered North Georgia streams or been transferred to other trout hatcheries. But, why? The hatchery is preparing for a renovation, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

“The Lake Burton Trout Hatchery was built in the 1930’s, and is long overdue for a renovation in order to continue serving the angling public,” says WRD Fisheries Biologist Anthony Rabern. “This large-scale project will temporarily alter the availability of the area for the public, but ultimately will allow us to utilize new technologies to further enhance trout pro-duction.”

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