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Hot Creek Fish Hatchery

#16 of 49 things to do in Mammoth Lakes Features Animals
Hot Creek Hatchery Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
+1 760-648-7334
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Self-guided interesting informative quick tour

A nice stop on the way to (or back from) Convict lake from Mammoth lakes. You can see fish at... read more

Reviewed 27 December 2016
Fun for the whole family

Real learning experience for all ages. You get to see the trout up close and in all stages of... read more

Reviewed 22 December 2016
Ronald C
Upland, California
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The entry point for millions of trout eggs, this is one of the main hatcheries in California's fish-stocking program.
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  • Very good34%
  • Average18%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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Hot Creek Hatchery Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
+1 760-648-7334
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Reviewed 27 December 2016

A nice stop on the way to (or back from) Convict lake from Mammoth lakes. You can see fish at various growth stages nicely segregated as shown in the pictures. For all ages!

Thank elixirpost
Reviewed 22 December 2016

Real learning experience for all ages. You get to see the trout up close and in all stages of growth and how they raise them to release.

Thank Ronald C
Reviewed 9 November 2016

We did not go to the hatchery because we were told it's closed. We did continue down the road to see Hot Creek pools, which definitely is worth seeing.

Thank loric386
Reviewed 18 October 2016

We happened to be in Mammoth the day of the Hatchery's annual "open house." Kids got to fish for free and there were lots of opportunities for the kids, and adults, to learn how to fish. The kids loved it and both caught fish. There...More

Thank SwedishChick66
Reviewed 16 September 2016

Not knowing a darn thing about fishing, stocking or the like- it was interesting to learn about the hatchery. You can stroll among the vast tanks and learn how they are managed. You can even learn how to distinguish stock fish from natural ones while...More

Thank connie h
Reviewed 12 September 2016

We have taken our kids here but returned as we were in the area. It is pretty cool to see brown trout in this amount from fingerlings to pretty large ones. The best time to come is feeding time when they swarm and splash as...More

Thank Liza W
Reviewed 1 September 2016

As a side trip we drove down this dusty road, parked, and walked a few hundred yards to the Hot Creek Fish Hatchery. There wasn't anyone around and the one truck driver we did see didn't acknowledge us or our two children as they drove...More

Thank J K
Reviewed 29 August 2016

If you have been to one hatchery you pretty much know what your. In for. My little boy loves to feed the fish but we couldn't find any fish food at this one. The hatchery workers were all very kind and offered to answer any...More

Thank e_snipes28717
Reviewed 13 July 2016

This is where they raise the trout that are planted for the fisherman. They are huge and there are a lot of them. They have food in old gumball machines you can feed them with for a quarter so dont forget to bring some change....More

1  Thank Sean E
Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

Fun place to stop and feed the fish. We were greeted by a worker who filled the feed bucket and told us to have fun, and we did! Also make the drive out to see the thermal pools just down the road a bit.

Thank 2rollon
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Jon P
Can a person fish the run off that comes out of the hatchery?
10 May 2015|
Response from Jennifer D | Reviewed this property |
To my knowledge, you cannot fish within hatchery but the river beyond the hatchery is in open territory and then flows into Crowley Lake; miles of accessible Owens River. Benton Crossing is a road off Highway 395 that gives... More