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Address: Hot Creek Hatchery Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Phone Number: +1 760-648-7334
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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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Fun place to stop and feed the fish. We were greeted by a worker who filled the feed bucket and told us to have fun, and we did! Also make the drive out to see the thermal pools... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed June 29, 2016
2rollon
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California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did not go to the hatchery because we were told it's closed. We did continue down the road to see Hot Creek pools, which definitely is worth seeing.

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Los Angeles, California
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

We happened to be in Mammoth the day of the Hatchery's annual "open house." Kids got to fish for free and there were lots of opportunities for the kids, and adults, to learn how to fish. The kids loved it and both caught fish. There was a bit of a wait, but it was well worth it. This is probably... More 

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Thank SwedishChick66
Camarillo, California
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36 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

Not knowing a darn thing about fishing, stocking or the like- it was interesting to learn about the hatchery. You can stroll among the vast tanks and learn how they are managed. You can even learn how to distinguish stock fish from natural ones while you are fishing.

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Thank connie h
San Luis Obispo, California
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42 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

We have taken our kids here but returned as we were in the area. It is pretty cool to see brown trout in this amount from fingerlings to pretty large ones. The best time to come is feeding time when they swarm and splash as the pellets are strewn from the machine.

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6 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

As a side trip we drove down this dusty road, parked, and walked a few hundred yards to the Hot Creek Fish Hatchery. There wasn't anyone around and the one truck driver we did see didn't acknowledge us or our two children as they drove past. We saw browns and rainbows in various growth stages which was impressive. It would've... More 

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Cashiers, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

If you have been to one hatchery you pretty much know what your. In for. My little boy loves to feed the fish but we couldn't find any fish food at this one. The hatchery workers were all very kind and offered to answer any questions for us. We had a picnic right outside of the Hatcher at a picnic... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

This is where they raise the trout that are planted for the fisherman. They are huge and there are a lot of them. They have food in old gumball machines you can feed them with for a quarter so dont forget to bring some change. My kids loved it. It only takes an hour or so to check it out... More 

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California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

Fun place to stop and feed the fish. We were greeted by a worker who filled the feed bucket and told us to have fun, and we did! Also make the drive out to see the thermal pools just down the road a bit.

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Thank 2rollon
Los Angeles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016

We stopped by on the way out of town. It was great seeing some of these fish up close, especially since we didn't catch many. We got to see the trout go crazy as they were being fed.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2016

Great place to see fish in all stages of growth. Very non-touristy and authentic hatchery that gives you a true sense of how they stock the local lakes.

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