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Address: Hot Creek Hatchery Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Phone Number: 760-648-7334
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Description: The entry point for millions of trout eggs, this is one of the main...
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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We go here every time we visit Mammoth. We are fishing peeps, but we really enjoy seeing all the huge trout in the holding tanks up close and feeding them. There was a fish and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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Richmond, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

It was interesting to learn how this facility grows some 210,000 pounds of live rainbow trout on any given day. The state hatcheries guy is very friendly and helpful, but taking care of the first, not the tourists, is his main duty. Free.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We go here every time we visit Mammoth. We are fishing peeps, but we really enjoy seeing all the huge trout in the holding tanks up close and feeding them. There was a fish and game warden there this time, and he took us into one of the buildings where they rear the tiny young ones and he explained thoroughly... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Great place to visit and learn about trout hatcheries. There is no entrance fee and you can buy fish feed for 25 cents and feed the trout. You can see trout in its various stages of development, from newly born to some very large adults, and every size in between. Also, this is a great spot to see various birds,... More 

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Redlands, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 via mobile

We tried taking our kids fishing and they didn't even see a fish. The hatchery was just the place to visit. They are able to see and feed many sizes of fish. We spent over an hour exploring and looking at the fish. Overall, a great place to stop with kids Price for handful of fish pellets were 1 quarter

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Ventura, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We've spent a lot of time in the Eastern Sierra and Owen's Valley, but this year we finally visited the Hot Creek Fish Hatchery for the first time, while staying in Mammoth for a few days. We took our 9 year old and he absolutely LOVED feeding the fish and just hanging out there. He made us return two days... More 

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Ontario, California
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

The fish hatchery in Mammoth is great. Kids and adults really like seeing all of the trout that get raised there. There are baby trout all the way up to very large adult fish. Thee kids really enjoy feeding them

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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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105 reviews 105 reviews
11 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
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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