Leadville National Fish Hatchery
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.
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
Restrictions: Obey all rules and regulations
Parking: Parking lot
Lodging: Hotel in Leadville
Handicapped Access: Limited