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Hot Creek Fish Hatchery

Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
760-648-7334
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Ranked #19 of 26 attractions in Mammoth Lakes
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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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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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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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so. bay
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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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Newport Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Taking the kids to see the fish hatchery was a great way to spend 1/2 day on our vacation. They enjoyed walking around and seeing all the stages of fish growth and development. There really isn't a "program" so be prepared to simply walk yourself around and enjoy the scenery. It was a nice way to get away from the... More

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zoomom76
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

If you like feeding fish from a Pay food dispenser, then this is the place to go. No one around to ask questions though. You almost feel like you are trespassing. It is large and the fish look healthy.

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Carson City, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Very interesting place, you can learn and see how they breed and raise fish that are eventually released into lakes or rivers.

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San Leandro, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012 via mobile

The hatchery is in poor shape. The fish have a fungus turning their fins white and the death rate for the fish is awful. The area is covered with weeds and over growth. If you and the kids haven't seen a fish hatchery then you may enjoy it. Our three year old wanted to know why the fish were sick... More

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