Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery

The Mt Whitney Fish Hatchery was once the largest and best equipped hatchery in California. In 2007 a large wildfire burned upstream of the hatchery and a year later a heavy thunderstorm resulted in a massive mudslide that swept down the scarred, barren Oak Creek wash damaging ponds, water supplies, and employee homes. The main building escaped the muddy flood and the facility is now an educational facility that serves to preserve the historical significance of the hatchery and promote awareness and understanding of our natural resources.

The architecture of the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery was inspired by the local landscape. Architects were directed “to design a building that would match the mountains, would last forever, and would be a showplace for all time.” This stately structure, in Tudor Revival style, and the picturesque grounds are an integral part of the Owens Valley economy and community spirit.

Visit the hatchery on weekends, Friday to Sunday, from 10am to 3:30pm. Feed the fish. Watch the informative video. Read the interpretive displays. Wander the grounds. Get a feel for fishing in the Eastern Sierra.


Oak Creek Rd, Independence, CA 93526


(760) 876-4128