Lahontan National Fish Hatchery is open for scheduled visits Monday-Friday from 8:00 am-3:00 pm (except federal holidays). At the hatchery visitors can learn why the Pilot Peak strain Lahontan cutthroat trout is an iconic species important for restoring to its native waters. Check out our interpretive materials in our visitor center and view our production fish in one of our three banks of raceways. Due to safety and biosecurity concerns we do not allow visitors into our or rearing buildings without a scheduled tour.
Depending on the time of year you visit the hatchery, you may observe a variety of activities such as spawning, feeding, cleaning, adipose fin clipping and FLOY tagging.
Spawning season is from February to May and normally takes place every Wednesday throughout the season. If you are interested in observing the spawning process (it's pretty unique!) please call ahead to schedule a day. During this time we also have incubating eggs and small fry.
Other Facilities in the Complex
The hatchery is located on the west side of US Highway 395, 5 miles south of Gardnerville, Nevada.