Location: 3204 Trout Place Rd., Cumming GA 30041
 
Online: GA DNR Buford Trout Hatchery


Visitors are welcome and can:

  1. view thousands of trout in the hatchery Rearing Area

  2. walk along the Hatchery Nature / Bird Trail

  3. fish in the Family Fishing Pond, or 

  4. take the weekly hatchery tour 


The Hatchery Rearing Area
  • Visitors can view up to 1,000,000 trout which are being reared for
    stocking into Georgia's public waters. 
  • The hatchery rears brown trout and rainbow trout for the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division's stockable and fingerling trout programs.  The trout range in size from just a few inches long to the "Show and Tell" fish (which weigh more than 10 pounds).
  • The hatchery produces trout for Georgia's traditional stocking season, the Delayed Harvest and "Big Fish" programs, as well as a number of fingerling stockings.
The Hatchery Nature/Bird Trail
  • Visitors can walk along the Hatchery's Nature/Bird Trail. The trail
    offers visitors the opportunity to see a number of bird species.  The
    hatchery is located below Lake Lanier and adjacent to the Chattahoochee River.  The hatchery's proximity to the river draws large numbers of transient and breeding song birds. 
  • The trail terminates in a boardwalk and viewing platform that overlooks a beaver swamp.  Waterfowl and occasional upland birds can be viewed from the platform.
The Family Pond
  • The Family Pond offers catch and release fishing for small bluegill and catfish. Visitors are asked to register before fishing and may record the number and species of fish they catch.
  • The pond is not managed for fishing. Conditions and fishing success will vary due to weather and normal hatchery operations that utilize the pond. Aquatic vegetation is often present and helps control nutrients in the pond.
  • Anglers should bring their own fishing equipment if possible. The hatchery has a limited number of loaner cane fishing poles.
  • Children may fish for free yet adults and older teens must have a valid Georgia Fishing License. Anglers must bring their own bait. 
  • Picnic tables at the Family Pond are available for anglers or hikers. 
Hatchery Tours
  • A weekly hatchery tour is offered for the public (see their website for specific days and times). 
  • Visitors will learn about the trout reared at the hatchery, how the hatchery works, and will be able to feed fish. 
  • Tours last from 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Self-guided tours are available for some school/educational, church, scout, and civic groups. For details, contact the hatchery via the information on their website.