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!
If you venture past the nature trail, you’ll be in the backcountry. Please check our Colorado Backcountry Winter Safety Resources and the current avalanche forecast before you head out!