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The Mojave Desert Sights

Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery

  • Fish Hatchery

Updated 05/05/2014

Fodor's Review

A delightful place for a family picnic, the hatchery was one of California's first trout farms. The Tudor Revival–style structure, completed in 1917, is an architectural stunner, its walls nearly 3-feet thick with locally quarried granite. Fish production ceased in 2007 after a fire and subsequent mudslide, but dedicated volunteers staff the facility and raise trout for display purposes in a large pond out front. Bring change for the fish-food machines.

Sight Information


Fish Hatchery Rd., 2 miles north of town, Independence, California, 93526, United States



Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Thurs.–Mon. 10–3:30
  • Closed mid-Dec.–mid-Apr.

Updated 05/05/2014


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