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“A Gem!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery

Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery
P.O. Box 193, Independence, CA
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Wiehle, VA
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“A Gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Allow several hours here. Obviously once a Federal operation, like so many other fish hatcheries, this one has been abandoned to the State of California to fend for itself on. But, the state and a corps of dedicated volunteers keep this place going. Allow several hours!

Visited August 2013
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Thousand Oaks, California
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Many years ago while doing a driving vacation along the 395 we stopped here for a nice picnic lunch and decided to do it again. The building still looks beautiful even after the big mudslide they had. The grounds are well maintained but if you are there in the summer months, bring bug spray the mosquitoes were everywhere.

Visited August 2013
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Newport Beach, California
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“Don't miss this on your drive up 395”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Thirty or so years ago we would stop by on our annual drive up for the trout opener at June Lake. Our kids always enjoyed stretching their legs, feeding the lunker trout in the display pond and looking at the hatchery operations. It was a shame when it closed. However the Friends of the Mt Whitney Hatchery have done a wonderful job turning the facility into an informative and educational experience. Do not miss the video of the history of the hatchery and the early years of planting trout in California lakes and the rescue and protection of the Golden Trout, the state fish of California

Visited August 2013
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Palmdale, California
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“A must see”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Very interesting place. Learned a lot about trout! The building is beautiful and the grounds are nice. Had fun feeding the trout in the pond at the front. Boy do those babies jump!

Visited June 2013
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“In the afternoon shadow of Mt. Whitney”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

You can visit Thursday through Monday from 10am to 4pm. The lobby, with new displays, and the Friends Gift Shop, are open and staffed by the Friends of the Hatchery. Tours of the building are available by the Friends during these hours. The Friends have a trough of trout available to visitors for close viewing in the north end of the building which eventually will become an interpretive center. The hatchery grounds have never looked better. Bring a picnic and enjoy this unique historic location.
Stop by when you travel along Highway 395 or reserve a day for your special occasion, wedding or family reunion. For reservations or to make a donation: Contact Bruce Ivey at Friends of Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery at: PO Box 193, Independence, CA 93562; or e-mail trout@suddenlink.net.
The Friends of the Hatchery, donations of cash and equipment, and many volunteers, along with State and County prisoners, have spent eight months and thousands of hours of labor restoring the hatchery grounds.
Check out the new rest rooms adjacent to the parking lot. The Lobby area has been remodeled. The large display pond in front of the Hatchery building has been cleaned and restored and with a partial water supply restored, brood trout are swimming again in the pond. The Department of Fish and Game is operating two troughs within the building to experiment with hatching eggs and raising some small trout. This is necessary to determine how well this limited supply of water will maintain consistent temperatures flowing through the mud flow area with no vegetation to shade the water.
Just leave your fishing poles at home as no fishing is allowed for obvious reasons. You might just find Bruce Ivey in the gift shop chatting with friends. We missed him on our last visit to the hatchery, but will call before our next stop at one of the best tourist attractions in Owens Valley.

Visited November 2012
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