Hot Creek State Fish Hatchery, Mammoth Lakes California

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Hot Creek Fish Hatchery

Visitors to Hot Creek Fish Hatchery, one of the largest in California, are treated to free self-guided tours and an opportunity to feed the fish. Read More

  • The hatchery is open for free self-guided tours from 8am until 4pm daily, weather permitting.
  • Feed the fish for only a quarter.
  • The hatchery is located just south of Mammoth Lakes off US-395.

Overview

The Hot Creek Fish Hatchery, one of the largest producers of trout in California, offers free self-guided tours and an opportunity to feed the fish.

Location & Information

Star Route 1
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
760-934-2664

The hatchery is located south of Mammoth Lakes off US-395. Watch for signs.

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/fish/Hatcheries/HotCreek/index.asp

Hours\Operating Season

The hatchery is open from 8am until 4pm seven days a week.  It closes to the public when there is snow on the ground.

Fee

The hatchery is free to the public.

Activities

  • Tours
    Free self guided tours of the hatchery are available seven days a week, from 8am to 4pm.  The tours take approximately 30 minutes
  • Feed the Fish
    For $0.25 visitors can purchase fish food and feed the trout.

Fun Facts

The Hot Creek Fish Hatchery, located on 201 acres of land just outside of Mammoth Lakes, is one of the largest producers of Rainbow, Brown, and Cutthroat Trout in California.

Each year the hatchery produces 10 million trout eggs, 1 million fingerlings (young fish the size of a finger) and 500,000 catchable size trout.

The hatcheries naturally fed waters are considered thermal because they stay around 58 degrees year round.

While many of the fish are distributed into approved waters throughout Inyo and Mono counties, some of the eggs are also given to schools for their program “Trout in the Classroom.”