Leadville National Fish Hatchery

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Leadville National Fish Hatchery is the second-oldest federal hatchery in the nation. Its grounds are open to the public for hiking and wildlife viewing, and include willow thickets, subalpine (spruce-fir) forest, and two public fishing ponds which can attract waterfowl, especially in late fall. Great Blue Herons and Bald Eagles sometimes take advantage of the easy pickings here, and mammals on the property include elk and porcupine.

County: Lake
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Spruce-Fir Forest, Streamside Willow

Directions: From Leadville, head 3.5 miles south on US 24 to a left-hand bend in the highway. Just past the bend, turn right on CO 300. Head 2.2 miles down this road to the hatchery.

Delorme: 47 C6
Roads of Colorado: 86 A2

Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Ownership: US Forest Service
Admission: Free

Restrictions: Obey all rules and regulations
Parking: Parking lot
Lodging: Hotel in Leadville

Handicapped: Yes
Handicapped Access: Limited

Latitude: 39.22687
Longitude: -106.39066

Amenities

RestroomsYes
Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsYes
Paved TrailsNo
Platform/BlindNo
BoardwalkNo
ConcessionNo
Visitor CenterYes
Gift ShopNo
PrimitiveNo
Camping
PicnicYes
Hunting
FishingYes