Bear Creek Hatchery is located in the mountains of Garrett
County in Accident, Maryland. This facility was originally constructed in 1928
and currently cultures approximately 80,000 adult golden trout and rainbow
trout for Maryland’s spring “Put and Take” stocking program. Bear
Creek Hatchery is also responsible for culturing and stocking 3,000 adult trout
for the Youth Fishing Rodeo program in Allegany and Garrett counties. Bear
Creek Hatchery annually receives all of its fingerling production trout
which is located in Hagerstown, Maryland. Bear Creek Hatchery is a stream fed facility and receives hatchery
supply water from the main channel of Bear Creek itself. As with all stream fed
hatcheries, Bear Creek Hatchery faces numerous challenges due to environmental variation
throughout each annual growing season. These challenges include a wide water
temperature range, fluctuating stream flow, inconsistent water quality
parameters, and evolving environmental changes.
The hatchery uses gravity
fed surface water. Water is drawn directly from Bear Creek and flows through
The original raceways
were constructed out of a dry river bed in 1928. Concrete was later added
to these raceways. As you can see, all water flows by gravity so no pumps
These raceways were
constructed in 1996 during a hatchery renovation and expansion.
This drum filter removes
particulates from the surface water before it enters the hatchery. Water
flowing out from the hatchery flows into a three-chambered settling pond
For more information concerning Bear Creek Hatchery, contact Mark Harman at 301-746-8148.