Historic Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery

The historic Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery is again open to the public after being closed by a devastating mudflow in July 2008. The hatchery building, completed in 1916, is a beautiful and unique structure with hand-laid stone walls and hand-hewn timbers.

The shady grounds and main pond are excellent for relaxing, a picnic, and fish viewing. New restrooms are available. Volunteers staff a gift shop and give tours inside the hatchery. This is an excellent rest stop.

It's pretty and unique for a wedding. Please call for information for group events.

Access is west of Highway 395 on Fish Hatchery Road two miles north of Independence, CA.


Latitude: 36.8305 Longitude: -118.2456 Elevation: 4308 ft

Hours Open

Grounds open daily. Gift shop and tours Thursday through Monday (summer) Friday-Sunday (winter)

Visitor Fees


Seasons Open

All year

ADA Accessibility Notes

ADA accessible

Pet Friendly Notes

Pet on leash welcome


Love this place!! A trip to the High Sierra wouldn’t be complete without stopping here. We're glad it's up and running again! The new museum inside is enjoyable too.

Terry Clark , 6/5/2013

Just went there yesterday. The building and grounds are beautiful. In all of my times traveling to the Sierra I have never stopped in there. It is an absolute must see. The building says it is closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Just FYI.

Mike K, 7/18/2013

We loved visiting the hatchery. The grounds are so beautiful. A perfect place for a picnic. The building looks like a castle in the Swiss Alps. The kids had fun feeding the fish too.

Deanna, 7/19/2013

So happy we stopped by the Hatchery. The pond and surrounding area was beautiful and well kept.The hatchery building is a must see amazing place. We venturned inside and found the volunteer to be very friendly and informative about the Hatchery, past and present. We had a very nice tour and plan to return again next year. Thank you!

The Schommer Family, 9/9/2013

The museum was beautiful and full of information. It was very educational and beautiful. Your trout pond is amazing,,,wish I could go back in time and experience a day of golden trout breeding. We will be there next month. god bless

tommy barreto, 5/17/2014

I wish it was still breeding golden trout and aloud to stock fish all over the Owens Valley like it did way back back when. I visited a while back and was absolutely intrigued with all of the history that I learned and wish it was still up and going I will soon be visiting again.

Jason Feigner, 5/21/2014

Anytime I or my family are driving up to Mammoth Lakes we stop by to enjoy the hatchery. The large pond out front with the trout is great to see. Make sure you go in the shop to look around and get a bag of trout food to feed the fish in the pond. We love this place and enjoying the picnic grounds to have lunch and take a break from the road trip. Great place to stop by with you dog(s) but please keep them on a leash and clean up after them. The State rest stops wont allow them on the grass but they are welcome here. Also this is a great photo op. Lots of this to shoot with the camera. The rest rooms are clean and taken care of. We always try to leave a donation in the box to help keep this great escape from the road open. Well worth the visit. We will be stopping by on our way to Mammoth in June, August and October 2014.

David Gandolfi, 5/31/2014

This is one of my favorite stops in the area. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy the beauty.

taria wilson, 7/16/2014

My cousin Mike and his girlfriend Jennifer and their two dogs, Big Lilly and Little Lilly, went to the fish hatchery today. What an oasis! So much fun. A must stop!

susie ferguson , 4/17/2015

My husband worked here as a Fish Culturalist from 1965-1969. I loved waking up to see those beautiful mountains from my kitchen window. We stopped by a year ago. It is sad the mud slide ruined the hatchery, but I am so glad that the hatchery building and grounds around it are being preserved.

Anne Davis, 11/15/2015

Just visited with our grandson. We had taken his father and uncle (our sons) there 40 years ago. Was great to see the work that has been done since the fire/flood. It is a real California treasure.

Steve and Vera Ostrander, 7/18/2016

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