Fish Hatchery

Leadville National Fish Hatchery (NFH), established in 1889, is the second oldest Federally operated fish hatchery in existence today. Leadville National Fish Hatchery was created by Executive Order of President Benjamin Harrison for the purpose of increasing the supply of fish for inland waters. The hatchery grounds occupy 3,072 acres near the city of Leadville, Colorado, at an elevation of 10,000 feet. The hatcherys subalpine forest surroundings, with its cold, clean water supply provide the ideal location for trout production

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Fish Hatchery Local Support

Fish Hatchery Local Support

Leadville National Fish Hatchery provides many exciting visitor opportunities while giving back to the local communities. Open to the public, the hatchery welcomes visitors for a closeup view of the fish production process. With over 36,000 visitors annually, the dedicated volunteer hosts at the Visitor Center bring the hatchery experience alive. Tours are available by appointment to organized groups. In addition to the hatchery experience, visitors also have a bounty of nearby recreational opportunities to explore: •Fish viewing and feeding •Nature trails •Hiking trails •Greenback cutthroat trout fishery (hiking required) •Picnic/playground area •Wildlife and birdwatching •Photography •Wilderness access •Mountain hiking •Cross country skiing •Snowshoeing
Location: Leadville National Fish Hatchery, 2846 Highway 300, Leadville, CO 80461
Phone: (719) 486-0189