Open to the public, Creston National Fish Hatchery welcomes visitors to the hatchery for a close-up view of the fish production process. With over 8,000 visitors annually, the dedicated staff at the hatchery will normally be available to answer your questions. Visitors are invited to walk around the raceways where most of the adult trout are held, and visit the hatchery building where eggs and small fish are reared. Educational programs/tours are provided for the public and school groups when scheduled in advance.
Creston Fish and Wildlife Center invites you to enjoy the nature trail which was built with the help of two Eagle Scout candidates in 2007. Thirteen interpretive signs along the trail will guide you. We have a handicap accessible trail where you can enjoy looking over Mill Creek and the Hatchery below. The amphitheater by the creek is used as an outdoor classroom by local schools. Creston National Fish Hatchery has a new nature trail brochure which explains the 13 educational stations on the nature trail. Please pick up a brochure and read about the many wonders of nature here at the Creston Fish and Wildlife Center.
The Creston Fish and Wildlife Center is located in the beautiful Flathead Valley approximately 15 miles east of Kalispell and 36 miles south of Glacier National Park. The complex is surrounded by prime agricultural farmland and provides a picturesque setting for raising fish, holding educational opportunities on the grounds and learning more about the environment around us.
Creston is open year round, seven days a week, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Self-guided tours of the hatchery are welcomed and encouraged. Staff-guided tours are available upon advanced request and can be arranged by calling the main office at (406) 758-6868.
Numerous educational opportunities are available throughout the year for schools, clubs, civic groups and the general public.
Read our Glacier National Park Bull Trout Report (PDF)
Last updated: September 24, 2012