Creston National Fish Hatchery

Near Kalispell, Montana

Creston National Fish Hatchery does not offer reservations through Please take a look at the area details below for more information about visiting this location. Enjoy your visit!


Established in 1939, Creston NFH originally provided fingerling trout for Glacier National Park. Today, the hatchery raises the threatened bull trout for stocking at Glacier NP. In addition it raises other trout species for Tribal Trust stockings, mitigation purposes, and cooperative fish management programs with the State of Montana. Self-guided and pre-arranged tours are available and the public can avail itself of the many on-site trails. Creston has, on-site, a certified Nature Explore Classroom (NEC) from the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation. Science based educational programs and outreach events are available. Also a wildlife viewing blind built with help from Ducks Unlimited is part of the NEC. Creston NFH welcomes visitors to the hatchery for a close-up view of the fish production process. Visitors are invited to walk around the raceways where most of the adult trout are held, and visit the hatchery building where eggs and small fish are reared.