Aerial View



Buford Trout Hatchery

Aerial View

Open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Buford Trout Hatchery in Forsyth County allows visitors to view up to one million trout, both brown and rainbow, being reared to stock Georgia waters. Visitors can take a tour of the hatchery on Saturdays at 1 p.m. and can even feed the fish. Also on site is a family pond providing catch and release fishing of bluegill and catfish. Children (under age 16) may fish for free, but adults and teens (age 16 and older) must have a valid Georgia Fishing License. Located on the banks of the Chattahoochee, this hatchery is a fun and informative environment for the whole family.

Buford Trout Hatchery gets the water used to grow trout from the tailwater area of the Chattahoochee River immediately below Lake Lanier. Natural processes occurring in the lake throughout the year can have an effect on the water quality downstream of the dam. This in turn can affect hatchery operations.

Read a description of the annual water quality changes that occur in Lake Lanier (and many other Southeastern reservoirs). Former WRD biologists Bill Couch (Buford Trout Hatchery Manager) and Reggie Weaver (Lake Lanier Fisheries Management Biologist) developed this information.



Hatchery 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Nature Trail & Pond 8 a.m.–3 p.m.


Region Office 770-535-5498

Fees & Passes

Land Access

  • Hunting License
  • Fishing License, or
  • Lands Pass

Purc​hase License


3204 Trout Place Road
Cumming, GA 30041

GPS Coordinates
N 34.13827, W -84.0913