Albert Powell Hatchery is located in Hagerstown, Maryland. Named after a
former Maryland hatchery director, construction of this facility began in
1946 and was completed in 1949. This hatchery raises rainbow
trout to meet various DNR goals. The hatchery receives eggs from a private
supplier and raises them to fingerling size. Some of these fingerlings are
stocked directly into Maryland waters at the request of Regional Biologists
to enhance naturally reproducing populations. Additional fingerlings are
supplied to other state culture facilities where they are grown to catchable
size. The remaining fingerlings are cultured to adult size and used for
take stocking and fishing
rodeos. Approximately 10% of the fish are cultured to trophy size and
stocked throughout Maryland to provide anglers with the opportunity to catch
some spectacular fish.
The hatchery normally welcomes
visitors. However, it is currently closed and will reopen on March 27, if you have any questions please call 301-791-4736 and always call the hatchery manager before your visit. Check out the hatchery through the video provided at the bottom, if you can't view the embedded video just go to YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZlTJno8Of0.
This spring feeds the
hatchery. Water from the spring flows through the hatchery and out into
Beaver Creek. At various times, the hatchery requires more water flow than
the spring can provide. When increased flow is needed, water is pumped from
the hatchery outfall back to the springhead through the white pipe in the
photo. Water flows through the drum filter, down the
oxygenating column and back through the hatchery.
High sediment loads
in the water column are created during raceway cleaning. As the sediment
load rises, water is shunted off from entering Beaver Creek and instead
flows to this clarifier. The clarifier removes the suspended solids from
the water and the treated water is drained into Beaver Creek. Collected
solids are pumped to a storage chamber. This chamber is pumped once per
week to a treatment facility.
At times of high water
demand, the hatchery can recirculate outflow back to the springhead to supplement
natural spring flow. This pump house encloses two pumps for this purpose.
trout are stocked in hatchery raceways to grow to catchable size.
Raceways are aerated
to improve water quality. The raceways need constant attention through feeding
and cleaning activities.
Trout are raised from
commercially purchased eggs. Eggs are placed in the hatching trays (center).
After hatching, they are cultured in the hatchery troughs until they are
large enough to be placed in outdoor raceways.
For more information concerning Albert Powell Hatchery,
contact Marshall Brown at 301-393-5940.
580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis MD 21401