Open to the public, Creston National Fish Hatchery is in the beautiful Flathead Valley approximately 15 miles east of Kalispell and 36 miles south of Glacier National Park. The hatchery sits at the base of the Swan Mountain Range and is surrounded by prime agricultural farmland which provides a picturesque setting for raising fish and providing educational opportunities on the forested grounds.
Location and Contact Information
Established in 1939, Creston NFH originally provided fingerling trout for Glacier National Park. Today, the hatchery stocks fish on tribal lands, for mitigation purposes, to restore native fish and for outreach at kids fishing ponds.
What We Do
Creston National Fish Hatchery currently raises two strains of rainbow trout; Eagle Lake and Arlee, and one strain of westslope cutthroat trout; Montana MO12. Annually Creston stocks approximately 750,000 rainbow and 250,000 westslope cutthroat trout, all within the State of Montana. Currently on hold, the hatchery will begin producing native bull trout in 2025.