Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery
Mountain-Prairie Region
Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery (Photos clockwise from top left) Sandstone cliffs near Jones Hole, Brown trout, Jones Hole raceways



  • Several rock slides near Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery had caused closure of Jones Hole Trail to public access during some of summer 2013.
  • Jones Hole Trail was re-opened to public access as of August 10, 2013.
  • However, an approximately one-quarter mile section of Jones Hole Creek remains closed to public access from the NPS/FWS boundary to a point south of the area affected by the rock slides)
  • Anglers can access the creek from the trailhead near the hatchery down to the NPS/FWS boundary and from the Green River up to the closed area as indicated by signs posted by the NPS.
  • Please observe warning signs posted along the trail and stay out of areas along the creek that are closed due to danger of potential future rock slides.

Jones Hole Trail
Surrounding National Park Service land in Dinosaur National Monument
Park Service and hatchery boundary close to Ely Creek



About Us


Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery (NFH) was established in 1956 when Congress authorized the Hatchery under Section 8 as part of the Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP), mandating that fish be reared and then stocked into all CRSP waters. CRSP waters include Flaming Gorge, and Steinaker and Redfleet Reservoirs. Located 40 miles northeast of Vernal on the Utah-Colorado border on 390 acres in a beautiful sandstone geologic setting, the hatchery provides management and production of trout for mitigation of Colorado River Storage Project waters of the Upper Colorado River System and to meet Tribal trust responsibilities on Native American land. Water for Jones Hole NFH comes from underground springs that are capable of supplying up to 15,000 gallons of water per minute. This volume of water is necessary to rear the large numbers of fish needed for stocking CRSP waters. The water temperature, 13 degrees Celsius (55 degrees Fahrenheit) year round, is ideal for rearing trout. Construction of Jones Hole NFH began in 1968, with the first trout produced in 1970. Now, nearly two million trout are raised annually.


As the natural aquatic habitat changes from natural (drought, flood, habitat destruction) or human influences (over-harvest, pollution, habitat loss due to development and dam construction), the natural production of fish declines. Stocking of fish is one of the many management strategies used by biologists to help replenish the populations for years to come.


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