Posted by Jessie K / Monday, September 16, 2013 / No comments / Arkansas Life , Arkansas Wildlife , Centerton , Kid Friendly , Lakes and Rivers , Northwest Arkansas , Other , Search by Region , Things to Do
The Charlie Craig State Fish Hatchery in Centerton
The Charlie Craig State Fish Hatchery is located in Centerton, AR. It's operated by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The hatchery has a total of 16 spring fed pond's on its 116 acres. There is no admission charge and it is open to the public 7 days a week from daylight to dark basically.The office is open Monday-Friday regular business hours. As it was Sunday, we didn't visit the office, but I spoke with an employee that told me they have a few frogs and turtle exhibits inside. You can also arrange group tours.
When visiting, the basic idea is to drive around through the ponds and sight-see. You don't have to stop in the office first, you simply drive through one of the gates if they are open. You can get out and explore at your leisure. No swimming or fishing of course.
-Address: 977 West Fish Hatchery Road, Centerton, AR
-The ponds are open 7 days a week from daylight to dark. Gates are locked in the evening.
-The office is open Mon-Friday, business hours.
-There are two gates. If one is closed try the other. They are located on the same road, just a bit further down. The far gate is toward the East, and it is the one that is usually unlocked.
-Drive through and sight-see at your leisure. You don't have to visit the office first. Get out and explore around the ponds if you'd like.
-NO swimming, fishing, or disturbing the wildlife.
The hatchery's office.
Behind this information kiosk are picnic tables.
The East most gate is the one most frequently unlocked. You'll find THIS sign in front of it.
Look for this small cemented "pond" teeming with frogs! It's near the building you see in the above picture.
We unbuckled the kids and put them in the front seat so they could hang out the
windows and sight-see. Drive slow and watch for pond wildlife!
Park and explore the grounds where you'd like!
Walk the edges of the ponds and you'll see tons of frogs!
HUGE frogs and tiny ones. They make the cutest noises as they jump in.
The kids loved the frogs!
On the other side of the hatchery you'll find the lookout pavilion.
I was so relieved that the binoculars weren't coin operated.
Here's another wildlife viewing box. There's a bench and some animal information in there.
This really is a beautiful place to visit, and at no admission cost it's a "must see" in my opinion!