Saratoga National Fish Hatchery, established in 1911, is a unique facility that maintains one of the largest lake trout broodstock populations and also raises the endangered Wyoming Toad.

Visit Us

Saratoga National Fish Hatchery welcomes visitors to the hatchery for a close-up view of the fish rearing process. With over 3,000 visitors annually, the dedicated staff will be available to answer your questions while you explore the Visitor Center and facilities. Bring the hatchery experience alive with educational programs and hatchery tours, and view the large brood fish and the endangered Wyoming toad. Be sure to stop by from late September to early November to watch the spawning activities.

Location and Contact Information

      About Us

      Saratoga National Fish Hatchery, established in 1911, has served as an egg-producing station during most of its years of operation including various strains of brook, rainbow, brown, golden, and cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden eggs. In 1966, Saratoga National Fish Hatchery was formally designated as a broodstock broodstock
      The reproductively mature adults in a population that breed (or spawn) and produce more individuals (offspring or progeny).

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      hatchery, and in 1984, the hatchery became involved in the Great Lakes lake trout recovery program.  

      What We Do

      Currently, Saratoga National Fish Hatchery produces trout and trout eggs for production hatcheries to fill needs for Federal, State, and Tribal waters across the Nation. the broodstock broodstock
      The reproductively mature adults in a population that breed (or spawn) and produce more individuals (offspring or progeny).

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      trout species being reared at the hatchery are lake and brown trout. These trout help to replenish and encourage sustainable fish populations and provide angling opportunities for recreational users. 

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


      Small orange fish eggs on a white background.

      The national broodstock program was established in 1970 to support healthy sustainable fisheries in waterways across the country. Every year the national broodstock program provides about 60 million fish eggs that are hatched and raised by our partners to meet their conservation and management...

      Our Organization

      150 Years. National Fish Hatchery System.” in front of glossy orange eggs against a white background.
      The National Fish Hatchery System works to support healthy, self-sustaining populations of fish and other aquatic species across the country. Every year we raise and stock over 100 million fish to support the recovery and restoration of imperiled species, recreational fishing, and Tribal...

      Our Species

      adult wyoming toad swimming among aquatic vegetation

      At its full size, the Wyoming toad is only two inches long. This toad looks lumpy - its body is covered with warts and its head has a humped ridge. The skin is various shades of brown - perfect for blending in and escaping would-be predators.

      Projects and Research

      Saratoga National Fish Hatchery adopted a unique role in becoming the first hatchery in the National Fish Hatchery System to become involved in rearing endangered amphibians. The Wyoming toad (Bufo baxteri), was a common sight on areas of the Laramie Plains, Albany County, Wyoming, into the early 1970s but the populations crashed in the mid-1970s. The Wyoming toad was listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in January 1984.