|Frankfort Fish Hatchery|
The Frankfort Fish Hatchery was built in the 1950’s on land donated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, and operated as a federal fish hatchery until 1986. The hatchery is situated on Elkhorn Creek where sycamore, box elder, walnut, and silver maple are abundant. Traveler...
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Game Farm
|Description: Established in 1945 to propagate game animals for release, this site is home base for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. No longer a game farm, this area is becoming a prime educational/recreational complex with the opening of Salato Wildlife Education Center slated for fall 1995. Mild to moderately sloping ridgetops combined with grasslands, mixed pine hardwoods, and oak-hickory woodlands are characteristic of the central Bluegrass.|
Wildlife to Watch: Watch for white-tailed deer, black bear, cougar, and captive herd of American bison. Warm weather brings scampering chipmunks. Near blinds, native grasses and wildflowers attract insects, which in turn draw the greatcrested flycatcher in spring. Fall brings chipping sparrow, American goldfinch, and Carolina chickadee. Northern oriole, yellow-rumped warbler, and cedar waxwing visit spring/fall.
Deer often range along the eastern boundary. Resident flocks of Canada geese and mallards roam freely and nest here. Various waterfowl species and waterbirds visit during early spring and late fall migrations, including northern shoveler and black duck. Excellent birding on slef-guided tours, spring through fall.
Special Tips: Open year-round, sunrise to sunset.
Some areas not open to public due to ongoing construction. CAUTION: WALKERS FREQUENTLY USE PAVED 2-LANE ROADWAYS.
Other Activities: Guided tours by appointment; scheduled educational programs.
Two public fishing lakes; picnic shelters.
Ownership: Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Size: 132 acres
Closest Town: Frankfort
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