The Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex
Pacific Southwest Region

Lahontan National Fish Hatchery outreach events

The Lahontan NFH Complex coordinates numerous programs to teach students, stakeholders, and the general public about the Lahontan cutthroat trout restoration and recreation programs. The following represents a snapshot of outreach programs we coordinate. Please contact us if you are interested in participating. We also welcome participating in your events. So please let us know if you are hosting an earth day or other environmental fair.

Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Open House

  This annual event attracts over two hundred people. Boy Scouts serve as tour guides to show the public the facility and informational displays. We also host a Kid's Fishing Derby.

Kids' Fishing Derby in Gardnerville

  This annual event is produced by the local community on the first weekend in June during National Fishing Week. The hatchery provided 1,000 large Lahontan cutthroat trout for the kids to catch. We also set up an aquarium and displays for the over 4,000 visitors to learn more about this native Nevadan fish.

Truckee River Day - California

  We participate annually in the Truckee River Day celebration in Truckee, CA. We share the community's goals of creating a healthy, functioning river and conserving native fish. We provide information on Lahontan cutthroat trout, river flow management, and status updates of the actions being pursued by the Recovery Implementation Team for the Truckee River. The hatchery has provides Lahontan cutthroat trout fingerlings for the last step in the 3-day habitat restoration event. Children are provided cups which they use to release the native trout into the Truckee River, symbolizing what healthy habitats can do to support important conservation activities.

Kokanee Salmon Festival

  The hatchery provides and staffs a display and aquarium at this two day US Forest Service event. We have participated for over 12 years.

Douglas High School Natural Resources Class (FFA)

  Hatchery staff helped set up a system for raising trout at Douglas High School . The hatchery provided Lahontan cutthroat trout fry which the students raised to 8". Students participated in fish culture at the hatchery. The hatchery also provided eggs for a trout in the classroom program. This is a new program.

UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) Trout in the Classroom

  UC Davis coordinated this program through the Lahontan NFH Complex as part of the newly established Tahoe basin Lahontan cutthroat trout restoration program. The trout in the class room program serves classes around Lake Tahoe and provides key information and education to local communities about their native trout. Hatchery staff gave presentations on culture techniques at teachers training and at most of the schools.

Marble Bluff Tours

  This fish facility is open to the public during the spawning season (March through early June). Here students can watch fish be lifted from Pyramid Lake into the Truckee River. They also learn about how rivers and lakes work together to support a fish during its life cycle. To schedule a tour, please call (775) 861-6300.
Last updated: January 14, 2013