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Mt. Whitney fish hatchery


The Mt. Whitney fish hatchery is a big part of the community and has been since the early 1900s. It has served a very important part in shaping the culture of the area. Now visitors are welcome to visit and learn more about this beloved fish hatchery. The hatchery was broke ground in 1916 and they were able to finish this project in the spring of the next year.

From the first year that they were open, they were quite the success. The hatchery had a yearly capacity of 2,000,000 fry trout. The first trout that were hatched there were from eggs that were collected from Rae Lakes. Then there were also golden trout eggs which are rare in hatcheries. The hatching program actually provides the sole source of fish throughout the Sierra Nevada.

What To See

The hatchery isn't just a local favorite it also hosts over 60,000 visitors every year. The build itself is known for its stately appearance and great architecture. It also has some beautiful grounds that over the years has hosted high school graduations, weddings, family picnics, and tons of other functions.

While you are visiting the hatchery with your loved ones make sure that you feed the fish. There is no cost to enter just the food costs one quarter. There are also ducks that guests are welcome to feed.

The interpretive Center is yet another thing to take in while at the hatchery. It features a 15 minutes video that explains the history of the hatchery. It also covers wildlife native to the surrounding area.

Then on your way out make sure that you stop by the gift shop. No trip is complete without a few souvenirs to take with you. They have hats, shirts, keychains, and some other assorted fish related items.


The are open Monday and Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm.