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Address: Mammoth Lakes, CA
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You can relax in the heated springs of this popular fishing spot.

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Fish Hatchery

Turn east to mamouth airport,keep goin straight approximately 2 miles on Unmarked hotcreek paved road,look for small residential area. Continue 1/4 mile! Parking lot and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2015
Stephen F
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Turn east to mamouth airport,keep goin straight approximately 2 miles on Unmarked hotcreek paved road,look for small residential area. Continue 1/4 mile! Parking lot and bathrooms on left. Large trout brooders in right canal,juveniles and adults, in fenced area. SELF guided tour,gates locked at 3:30. A must see for fishing enthusiasts and children. Beautiful scenic location. Easy off and on... More 

Thank Stephen F
Kerobokan, Indonesia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

i have been to hot creek several times and always love the tranquility and natural beauty. great for fishing or just a quit afternoon

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

It is an amazing place to visit, we came in February. I am sure it is great all year long. Getting to it is not that easy, would recommend an SUV

1 Thank Eleena G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Great place to practice your fly casting and try to catch wild rainbow, brown and brook trout. The road is very rough and dusty (unpaved) and the hike down requires good hiking shoes so you don't slip on the loose dirt/rocks with your flyrod in hand. There several great places there year 'round to fish--mostly dry flies and nymphs. Check... More 

1 Thank Kent S
Diamond Bar, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We visited the Forest Service's facility in Mammoth Lakes and were warned to NOT take a dip in Hot Creek. Geyser activity is peaking and temps exceed 200 degrees in places. The literature from the U.S. Geological Survey (U.S.G.S.) and the Forest Service have published data that the Long Valley Caldera's volcanic activity makes these thermal springs unpredictable; parts of... More 

8 Thank Tenighir
La Crescenta, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Hot Creek is one of those places you should see once but don't need to see again. It's an interesting geological feature that you can't have direct access to for safety reasons. I understand that the fishing is great further down the creek (but is catch and release only).

1 Thank Carol D
Temecula, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Outside, across from Convict Lake and near the little airport, this fish hatchery is a great, informative place to visit. Staff is informative.

1 Thank Ashley L
Bonita, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Great geological site where you see bubbling hot water and sulfur ponds. It is about 3 mile from 395, half paved, half dirt road. It is free and has bathrooms. You walk down to the creek below that is fenced and one cannot swim because of the deaths and injuries that have occurred because of the scalding water. In certain... More 

1 Thank yeguerrero
Northridge, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Drove out here with the wide and took the Gorge Trail Hike. This place is absolutely beautiful and is also very interesting. Well worth the time.

1 Thank bcreff
Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Seeing the water bubble, steam and even form mini-geysers as a result of geothermal energy was fascinating.

2 Thank Bruce G

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