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.