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Portion of Hatchery Creek in Russell Co., KY to close temporarily

Closure will happen in November 2015 for last phase of construction on its renovation. Stream will will re-open in 2016 and is expected to offer one of the better trout stream fishing experiences in Kentucky
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By Lee McClellan
For Kentucky Fish & Wildlife

FRANKFORT, KY (Fri 23 Oct 2015) - Hatchery Creek, which flows from the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery to the Cumberland River, will close during November for the last phase of construction on its renovation.

Hatchery Creek is just downstream of Wolf Creek Dam and Lake Cumberland in Russell County.

Hatchery Creek is undergoing a complete redesign and renovation and will provide one of the better stream trout fishing experiences in Kentucky when it opens late next spring.

The project also has a primary purpose of reducing or eliminating the amount of sediment flowing into the Cumberland River from the eroded banks of the former streambed.

The upper section of the creek has remained open to public use during the renovation, but the closure will now include this upper stretch. "The closure will be temporary as our contractors prepare to connect the upper section with the new channel under construction," said Mike Hardin, assistant director of the Fisheries Division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

"We expect the closure to this upper section to last through November and advise the public to check with the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery during this time before traveling to the stream to fish."

The new Hatchery Creek will emulate a natural trout stream with runs, pools, shoals and wetlands. It will provide about one mile of restored stream to the public for fishing. The rerouted stream will have natural plantings and ample rock to help stabilize the banks and keep dirt from washing into the river.

"The surrounding area is getting rebuilt significantly to match up with the new section of the creek," said Rob Lewis, stream mitigation program engineer for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. "This will include new riffles and access points as well as reclaiming the areas currently under construction."

It is expected the new Hatchery Creek will prove popular with the public once it opens to public use.

This story was posted on 2015-10-23 14:30:29
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