Leadville National Fish Hatchery

Near Leadville, Colorado

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


Leadville National Fish Hatchery, established in 1889, is the second oldest Federally operated fish hatchery in existence today. Located on 3,072 acres near the city of Leadville, the hatchery's subalpine forest surroundings with its cold, clean water supply and nearby source of native cutthroat trout populations provide the ideal spot for trout production. The threatened greenback cutthroat trout and endangered Wyoming toad are both raised here. The main hatchery building is on the National Register of Historic Places, and houses a small museum. Trails lead to a picnic pavilion, National Forest Service lands, and the Mount Massive Wilderness Area.