Calamus Fish Hatchery

Calamus Fish Hatchery Welcomes Tours  


Nebraska's newest fish hatchery is located six miles northwest of Burwell and immediately below Virginia Smith Dam, also known as the Calamus Dam.

The hatchery consists of a main hatchery building where eggs are hatched, fish are raised and visitors come for tours. Eleven half-acre and 40 one-acre plastic lined ponds and 24 concrete raceways are available for fish production.

The Calamus Reservoir provides a dependable source of up to 15,000 gallons per minute of gravity flow water year round. This water is used primarily for the production of coolwater and warmwater species of fish. A second source of water comes from seven ground water wells that is pumped into a large silo-like structure that aerates this water before it is gravity flowed to the raceways and the hatchery building. This well water is used primarily for the production of coldwater species of fish and hatching of eggs.

The coldwater species of fish at the Calamus Hatchery consist mostly of rainbow and brown trout. The average annual production has been approximately 300,000 (2"-10") trout. The cool/warm water species normally cultured at the hatchery consist of northern pike, muskie, walleye, sauger, saugeye, yellow perch, black crappie, white bass, wipers and channel catfish. Approximately 12,000,000 to 18,000,000 eggs, fry, fingerling, advanced fingerling and catchable fish of these species are stocked annually.

Visitation at the Calamus Hatchery is encouraged. The hatchery is handicapped accessible. Both self-guided tours for family groups and guided tours for larger groups are designed with the safety and the enjoyment of each person in mind. During the warmest months of the year (mid-April to mid-October), guests at the hatchery have an opportunity to feed trout in one of the outside raceways.

Tours for organized groups are available by advanced request only.
Calamus Fish Hatchery
HC 79, Box 20J
Burwell, NE 68823
Phone: 308 346-4226
Fax: 308-346-5303

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