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Hot Creek Fish Hatchery

Address: Hot Creek Hatchery Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Phone Number: 760-648-7334
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Ranked #13 of 17 Attractions in Mammoth Lakes
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: The entry point for millions of trout eggs, this is one of the main hatcheries in California's...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: 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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Camarillo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

a wonderful field trip on the first day of being in the Sierras. Always good to get acclimated and the Hatchery is a great 'field trip' or catch the Trout Fest! There were demonstrations, fishing for the kids, informational booths, free fish cleaning when you did catch a a fish and professional fly fishermen demonstrating how to fly fish! Our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Follow signs to the Mammoth airport, then follow the brown signs with a picture of a fish. Once you park, you'll see a pond to the right teeming with rainbow trout. You can buy $.25 handfuls of fish food and watch the feeding frenzy that ensues. Or you can luckily bump into a ranger who's feeding the fish and get... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

In all the years taking children and grandchildren, everyone has enjoyed looking at the millions of fish of all shapes and sizes. When there is an hour that needs to be filled, head for the fish hatchery out near the airport. Buy some food and watch the feeding frenzy unfold before their eyes. Oh, and be sure to walk to... More 

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Modesto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

It's not big like most of the hatcheries in California but the fish are in a more natural setting.Also the scenery around it was great!!!

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We have visited this fish hatchery a few times. Its always fun to see the numerous trout from small to large; its also fun to feed them. Its a free place to visit; parking at the hatchery. Easy to get to when traveling highway 395.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Every time we visit the Mammoth area, we go to the hatchery. There are some huge fish in tanks, you can walk up and down the rows looking at all the fish and you can feed them from dispensing machines they have. That's really fun, because you throw a few pieces of food in the water and like Piranha, they... More 

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Whittier, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 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.

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San Jose, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

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

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Reno, Nevada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 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... More 

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