USA: Kentucky: Hatchery Creek Stream Restoration


Hatchery Creek is the outlet for the Wolf Creek Trout Hatchery located immediately
downstream of the Wolf Creek dam, which forms Lake Cumberland. Water level
fluctuations below the dam impaired trout spawning. Using in-lieu fee funding, the
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources hired the Stantec team to design
and build a one-mile extension downstream to create Kentucky’s first self-sustaining
trout stream capable of supporting spawning.

Stantec’s responsibilities included completing a geomorphic assessment, preliminary
and final design, permitting, hydraulic modeling, jurisdictional waters determinations,
construction observation services, as-built survey, and post-construction monitoring.
The project design focused on supporting all trout life stages and included a variety
of stream types including A, C, and D channels. In the braided D-channel sections, a
variety of wetlands and vernal pools were constructed to provide rearing habitat. The
lower portion included a step pool system designed to promote fish passage from the
Cumberland River up into Hatchery Creek. A fish migration barrier on the upper portion
of the project was also designed to separate areas with different fishing restrictions.

The design consisted of approximately 6,000 linear feet of channel with dozens
of oxbow features, and numerous in-stream structures including toe wood, lunker
structures, step pools, and a variety of riffles. Wood harvested from the site was used
throughout to help create a natural looking stream system and provide habitat.

Quick Facts

Project Location:
Wolf Creek Dam, Kentucky, USA, 36.8683, -85.14749999999998

Geographic Region:
North America

Country or Territory:
United States of America


Freshwater Rivers & Streams

Project Partners:
Stantec, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources


Project Stage:
Planning / Design


The project does not have a monitoring plan.

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