Creston National Fish Hatchery
Mountain-Prairie Region
Creston National Fish Hatchery: (Photos clockwise from left) Raceways, Creston entrance sign, Creston buildings and surrounding landscape

Creston Hatchery BuildingsEstablished in 1939, Creston NFH originally provided fingerling trout for stocking waters in Glacier National Park. Today, the hatchery has four main purposes:

  1. Provide trout for fishery management activities on the seven Tribal Reservations in Montana.
  2. Stock fish for mitigation purposes under the Hungry Horse Dam Mitigation Program.
  3. Produce trout for cooperative fishery management programs with Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.
  4. Provide fish for educational outreach programs and kids fishing ponds in NW Montana.


Recent upgrades to the original historical facility have included:

Reconstruction of the Jessup Mill Pond Dam

Construction of an influent and effluent water treatement system

Raised mound septic system

Renovation of the historic hatchery building

Construction of a nature trail

Steamside amphitheater

Multi-use pavilion

Outdoor Nature Explore Classroom


Come visit our hatchery, see our improvements and learn about the aquatic world around us.





Last updated: October 24, 2012







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