Work Camping – Wolf Creek Fish Hatchery

Our first work camping experience was working for the Department of Interior / Fish and Wildlife Service. This is still one of the most memorable places we have volunteered so far.

Work:

  1. Working in the visitor center gift shop.
  2. Taking care of critter exhibits.
  3. Fish stocking delivery.
  4. Cleaning the visitor center.
  5. Picking up trash along the fishing creek.
  6. Working events as a hatchery volunteer representative.

Data

Contact Moria Painter, Environmental Education/Outreach Specialist, at 270-343-3797 or via email: moria_painter@fws.gov

Website

Campground:

Beautiful RV site close to trout fishing. There are 5 RV sites only for volunteers in an area secluded from the public. Groceries are a minimum of 30 minutes away. Cumberland State Park is only about 15 minutes away and they have a nice restaurant for those times when you don’t feel like cooking. Furthermore, there is a snack stand in the COE park (nearby) for fresh hamburgers, french fries and ice cream.

Fun:

  1. KY Bourbon Trail
  2. Mammoth Cave National Park
  3. Lake Cumberland State Park (Giant fishing lake and golf course)
  4. Cumberland Dam Tour

This position resulted from our resumes being posted on workamper.com. Workamper News (the official organization’s name) is a highly effective method of finding work camping opportunities. Post your resume, which you build on their site, and employers looking for work campers will find it. We are GOLD members of Workamper News for good reason…it works.

Great Fly Fishing

I am a fly fisherman and at Wolf Creek my RV was park about 50 yards from an excellent fishing stream. We worked here from late April until early October. The weather was very warm during the day with some days of high humidity. Rain happened regularly and helped to keep things cooler.  Nights were warm and full of critter sounds.

Wildlife is abundant in the park with daily sitings of deer, hawks, rabbits, skunks, squirrels and lots of butterflies.

The staff at the facility are first class, fun to work with and very friendly. They treated us like family.

The hatchery is located next to a Army Core of Engineers campground.

See our article on Work Camping – How we do it