Leadville National Fish Hatchery
Watch fish swish at the Leadville National Fish Hatchery, built in 1889 and the nation’s second-oldest federal hatchery.
Tours, Trails, and Picnics
For a close-up view of the fish production process, take a self-guided tour through this brownstone building, with tanks of fish inside and out. Tours are available by appointment to organized groups.
Walk the hatchery’s scenic one-mile nature trail or venture deeper into the mountains on a network of trails that pass lakes and streams, wind through pines, and lead into the Mt. Massive Wilderness.
For a picnic to remember, reserve the pavilion near the lake with views of Mt. Massive and bring a group of friends and family. Or enjoy the picnic tables and playground on the hatchery’s front lawn.
Care for Colorado!
- Check for Fire Restrictions — and Follow Them!
- Take Care with Fire
- Travel & Camp on Durable Surfaces
And please take our Adventure by Nature Pledge.
Thank you for helping to protect our forests and homes!
Winter & Spring Trips
Visiting in winter or early spring? Bring your snowshoes or cross-country skis!