Latest News – April 27
Fish Hatchery to Celebrate 125 Years in July
It will be an all day affair from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. According to organizers, there will be activities throughout the day and evening on Saturday, July 26, including tours, a horseshoe tournament, a guided labyrinth walk, demonstration of Tenkara fly fishing techniques and equipment, supervised kids’ events, cake and lemonade, and dance music in the early evening.
More about the Hatchery:
Construction of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery began in 1889. Initially the hatchery supplied eggs and fingerling fish to streams and lakes throughout Colorado, the western U.S. and even to Europe and Japan. Currently, the hatchery supplies 10 inch catchable trout to Turquoise Lake, the Forebay, Twin Lakes, and Clear Creek in Chaffee County. The hatchery is also the location of one of three populations of the endangered greenback cutthroat trout. The federal hatchery system originated as a way to ameliorate the negative effect on native fish populations from mining, logging, ranching, stocking of non-native species and over-fishing. The Leadville National Fish Hatchery still plays a role in mitigating the impacts of these activities. Additionally, it has become a well-loved destination for historical tourism and out-door enthusiasts. Reunions, school functions and special events are often held at the picnic grounds.