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“Fish Hatchery” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hot Creek Fish Hatchery

Hot Creek Fish Hatchery
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Owner description: The entry point for millions of trout eggs, this is one of the main hatcheries in California's fish-stocking program.
Whittier, California
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fish Hatchery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014

This is another must see before or after seeing Hot Creek.
Tons of fish in different stages. There's a state fish hatchery very close by.

Visited June 2014
Thank Chris H
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San Jose, California
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146 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Tiny site near Hot Springs”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2013

Small fish hatchery near the Hot Springs Creek. Very little in terms of signage or explanations. You can observe the trout in separate pools of maturation. Easy to get to off the 395.

Visited November 2013
Thank LenKinSanJose
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so. bay
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31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Lots of trout”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

Catch the trout fish hatchery tour for a very informative time. A great diversion for the kids, besides fishing and camping.

Visited April 2013
Thank Yuki F
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Reno, Nevada
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61 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Feeding Frenzy”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

The long rearing ponds ("raceways") of fingerling and other juvenile trout exploded in a frenzy of activity when the lunch truck arrived. By chance, we went to see the Hot Creek Fish Hatchery just as veteran Fish and Game employee, Dennis, served the hungry horde lunch from the back of his truck. It's a big job raising 500,000 catchable-sized trout per year, but once his fry were fed, Dennis took some time out to visit with us.

We learned that the large springs that supply the hatchery flow at an ideal temperature for rearing trout. Given that the area is teaming with hot springs, a sudden shift in groundwater flow could put them right out of business. Under these conditions; however, the trout are grown to about 4 pounds, and are released primarily into the Owens River and its reservoirs.

The opportunity to walk freely through one of the largest Rainbow, Brown and Cutthroat trout hatcheries in California, and to feed the fish yourself is worth 2 stars. Meeting Dennis and witnessing the lunchtime feeding frenzy merits a third star. A fourth star might be warranted if the hatchery grounds were spruced up and some interpretive signs added.

Visited September 2013
2 Thank NVJoe
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Newport Beach, California
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33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fun for the kids”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

Taking the kids to see the fish hatchery was a great way to spend 1/2 day on our vacation. They enjoyed walking around and seeing all the stages of fish growth and development. There really isn't a "program" so be prepared to simply walk yourself around and enjoy the scenery. It was a nice way to get away from the more crowded attractions but it is decidedly low key.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank PermaJetLag
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