Norfork Fish Hatchery and Handicap Access Fishing Area

The entrance sign.

The Norfork Fish hatchery is just below the Norfork Damn in Baxter County Arkansas on Highway 177 . From Mountain Home take 5 south to Salesville and go left onto 177 to the damn. If you go right at Salesville you will cross the river, icy cold having just left the damn and be right in Norfork. All three blocks of it.

One of dozens of long tanks filled with fast moving stream water and trout. Each tank carries trout of differing sizes. The hatcheryitself is a long low building to the left (not shown in this photo) and the tanks in that building are smaller but the same basic idea. It marvelous to look at the millions of tiny fish swimming against the current and popping up out of the water in their search for food.

One of dozens of long tanks filled with fast moving stream water and trout. Each tank carries trout of differing sizes. The hatchery itself is a long low building to the left (not shown in this photo) and the tanks in that building are smaller but the same basic idea. It marvelous to look at the millions of tiny fish swimming against the current and popping up out of the water in their search for food.

The handicap boardwalk will easily handle folks with wheelchairs with it's long gentle slope and turnouts.

The handicap boardwalk will easily handle folks with wheelchairs with it's long gentle slope and turnouts.

The boardwalk goes right down to the waters edge and almost anyone can get right out there close to the water to fish.

The boardwalk goes right down to the waters edge and almost anyone can get right out there close to the water to fish.

A concrete walkway  creek side of the hatchery winds upstream high above the water for a beautiful view and ends with a couple picnic tables set in a grassy open area. These wooden steps take the adventurous right to the waters edge.

A concrete walkway creek side of the hatchery winds upstream high above the water for a beautiful view and ends with a couple picnic tables set in a grassy open area. These wooden steps take the adventurous right to the waters edge.

A view down stream from the wooden stairs.

Looking down stream from the wooden stairs.

Looking up stream from the same spot. Even with traffic nearby it is quiet and peaceful here as the rushing waters push the rest of the world to rest.

Looking up stream from the same spot. Even with nearby traffic it is quiet and peaceful here as the rushing waters push the rest of the world to rest.

A solitary bench overlooks the water offering a cool place to rest your weary bones on a hot summer day.

A solitary bench overlooks the water offering a cool place to rest your weary bones on a hot summer day.

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