About Us

Since 1871 the National Fish Hatchery system has been at work improving recreational fishing and restoring aquatic species that are in decline, at risk, and are important to the health of our aquatic systems. Across the country the network of national fish hatcheries work with states and Tribes to conserve, restore and enhance the fish and aquatic resources of America for future generations.

Ouray National Fish Hatchery - Randlett Unit was established in 1996 as a fish refugia and technology development facility to assist in the recovery of razorback sucker, Colorado pikeminnow, bonytail, and humpback chub.

Our Mission

National fish hatcheries apply science-based approaches to conservation challenges. We work with our partners and engage the public to conserve, restore, and enhance fish and other aquatic resources for the continuing benefit of the American people. Conservation is at the heart of what we do, and we recognize that we do this work for the American people–both the present generation who benefit today and future generations who will inherit our legacy of conserving America’s aquatic resources.

Other Facilities in this Complex

Ouray National Fish Hatchery is located on the Ouray National Wildlife Refuge 35.5 miles (57 km) southwest of Vernal, Utah.

The hatchery has its administrative office located in a Utah Fisheries Complex building shared with the Green River Basin Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Utah Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, and Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery in Vernal, Utah.