Photographer's Note

In the reflection you can see the actual trout runs on the left and the office on the right. Hopefully the story of raising the trout will be legible.
I have a companion picture showing baby trout fingerlings on treknature.

Here is the text in the photo:
"The Norfork National Fish Hatchery was established in 1957 and is part of the National Fish Hatchery System. Due to construction of the Norfork Dam by the U.S. Corps of Engineers, water conditions in the Norfork River were drastically altered. Native populations of warm- and coolwater fish could no longer survive due to the release of cold water from lower levels of the lake. In addition, water level fluctuations disrupted native fish spawning activities.

The hatchery was constructed to stock trout, which thrive in cold water, and are a much sought-after sportfish. Today, the hatchery raises approximately 1.7 million brown and rainbow trout to provide fishing in this new coldwater habitat as well as to supplement natural populations in a number of rivers in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

The hatchery is located on a 44-acre tract of land below the 200-ft. high Norfork Dam in the Ozark Mountain region of Arkansas. The water for the hatchery flows from the reservoir through an aeration chamber, through the raceways and finally back to the river at a rate of approximately 22 million gallons a day.

Eggs for Norfork Hatchery fish production come from the station's own broodstock (parent fish). Generally it takes an 18-20 month cycle for the fish to develop from the egg stage to 9-inch stocking size. During the various seasons, you are welcome to observe different steps in the trout's development at the facility."

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