Castalia State Fish Hatchery

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Castalia State Fish Hatchery

Castalia State Fish Hatchery
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Steve5863
Avon, OH13,020 contributions
Lots of Trout
Apr 2021
The Castalia State Hatchery is fed with water from the Blue-Hole aquifer which is at a temperature of 50F year-round, making it perfect for rearing trout. The hatchery uses this water to raise all of the state’s steelhead and raises rainbow trout to catchable size before being stocked.

With COVID, some of the hatchery cannot currently be toured but much of the hatchery’s 90 acres can be seen including a number of raceways, Cold Creek and the aquifer. The best part is probably right at the entrance where there are numerous large rainbow trout which are easily viewed in the clear, shallow waters of Cold Creek; we saw several groups of children having a wonderful time feeding them. While it may be tempting, fishing in Cold Creek in the immediate vicinity of the hatchery is not permitted.
Written May 17, 2021
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StigJim
Alliance, OH416 contributions
Going Upstream
Jul 2020 • Couples
The only reason the hatchery didn’t get 5 stars is that some of the interesting things we experienced there a couple years ago weren’t open/available because of the pandemic. Seeing the hatchery’s “blue hole” and trout swimming upstream were still a fun diversion on a 90-degree day.
Written July 7, 2020
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LE368
Upper Sandusky, OH227 contributions
Very Cool
Jan 2020
I've driven by here often through the years and decided to stop one day on my way home. At the entrance, you can see all the trout swimming around. We were amazed and how many there were and how clear the water was.

Drove back to the buildings, but didn't realize the blue hole was back there. Will stop again when I'm up that way.
Written January 16, 2020
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Christine H
Fredericksburg, VA86 contributions
Natural Wonders-Blue Hole and Trout Stream
Aug 2017 • Couples
You can bring bread or cheerios and feed the teeming stream of trout at the hatchery, and then drive back to the blue hole (underground artesian well) that feeds the stream. There is a also a walking tour of the hatchery process and access to the winding stream where the fish grow before being released for sport fishermen. The blue hole is not as developed as the old tourist attraction, but still wonderful!
Written August 5, 2017
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Elizabeth A
Gaylord, MI6 contributions
SO COOL!
Jul 2017 • Family
I was down in Ohio for a dance competition with my 3 daughters - I live out of state. We were recommend to stop by with some loaves of bread to feed the fish. At the entrance to the hatchery we stopped and stood on the bridge and threw out pieces of bread and the rainbow trout just swarmed. It was the coolest thing ever. Then we drove back in and got to check out the hatchery and the blue hole. Amazing trip that cost us only the price of the bread we brought to feed the fish. I definitely recommend stopping with your family.
Written July 28, 2017
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Lonnie B
Chambersburg, PA98 contributions
Interesting side stop
Sep 2016 • Solo
Saw the sign for this while just doing a leisurely motorcycle ride toward Port Clinton, and thought I'd check it out. Not a lot to see other than some lunker trout you can see in the stream at the entrance. Some buildings (one over 900 ft long) and the water source, which was the highlight of the stop.

Be sure to drive as far back along the long building covering the raceway as you can. You'll see signs for Blue Hole. What you will find is a artesian spring, more commonly known in this area as a "blue hole". A steel/concrete pier extends a short length over the blue hole. You will be amazed at the clarity and depth of it. Sign says that this is fed by the same aquifer that feeds the original Castalia Blue Hole, just down the road along with 2 others in the area. Well worth a stop to see. No fees or charges, just drive in.
Written September 12, 2016
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Paul S
Marion1,565 contributions
See the hole operation
Aug 2016 • Family
The Castalia State Fish hatchery is open to the public for self guided tours on weekdays. It is located in a scenic spot along Cold Creek. The big race track buildings go on and on. A 2500 gallon per minute flow of cold water is oxygenated and used to grow rainbow and steelhead trout. In fact, all steelhead stocked in the state come from this facility. Signs point the way to the blue hole that feeds the operation, but this is not THE blue hole of Castalia southwest of here which is no longer open to the public. It is still quite interesting and informative. If you have the urge to fish along the creek on the hatchery grounds, there is an annual lottery for permits. Information is available online or at the hatchery office. Don't miss the other attractions in the Castalia area when you visit.
Written August 25, 2016
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