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Hot Creek, Mammoth Lakes: 3 reviews and 7 photos
Hot Creek Fish Hatchery is an interesting stop on the way to the Hot Creek Geothermal Area. I've never seen more trout in my life than here. The hatchery raises 3 million cutthroat and rainbow trout each year to stock the streams and lakes throughout the Sierra Nevada. There are two main areas of interest at the hatchery; a pool with the older fish that are generally used for eggs, and a larger set of pools for newly hatched trout. In the first set of pools, you'll find rainbow trout up to 10 pounds swimming about. These fish are generally raised for three years to produce eggs; after that, to prevent the gene pool from degrading, they are released into the wild. The second and larger set of pools features millions of young trout who are released into the Sierra. It's a fascinating place.
Address: Hot Creek Geothermal Area
Directions: Turning off US 395 at the Mammoth airport, about a mile east on a paved road
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