Leadville National Fish Hatchery provides many exciting visitor opportunities, as well as gives 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
- Wilderness access
- Mountain hiking
- Cross country skiing
Leadville acts as a main trailhead access into the Mt. Massive Wilderness Area, with access to the 14,000 foot peak, Mt. Massive. There are many hiking opportunities with the Rock Creek, Highline, and Kearney Park Trails all originating on hatchery grounds. These three trails intersect with the Colorado Trail in the Mt. Massive Wilderness Area, offering different routes to hike a loop starting and ending on the hatchery.
Be sure to bring your binoculars for the spectacular wildlife viewing, such as mountain blue birds, juncos, jays, hawks, eagles, waterfowl, elk, deer, porcupines, fox and pine martins.
Educational programs/tours are provided for the public and school groups during business hours by appointment.
The hatchery also participates in local public outreach activities, such as the Annual 5th grade Pathways to Fishing Program, and supports local community activities, such as the Fish Hatchery 5K running races.
Partnerships with Friends of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery, Lake County, Trout Unlimited, U.S. Forest Service and Colorado Outward Bound School continue to help provide many recreational opportunities for visitors.
The Hatchery building is open 7:30 - 3:30 daily and the hatchery grounds are open during daylight hours.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE HATCHERY:
Leadville National Fish Hatchery
2846 Highway 300
Leadville, CO 80461
Last updated: January 29, 2015