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Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery towers above the Owens Valley

Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery towers above the Owens Valley The Hatchery is a quick and easy detour off Hwy 395. It's only open Mon - Thursday from 10am - 4pm. When you arrive in... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2016
Chuck B
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Irvine, California
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

I love old buildings and this one is very unique. Unfortunately, it was closed until April. We did get to walk around and feed the ducks and (two) fish. It was a nice little stop and a good place for a picnic.

Thank dknable2017
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Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery towers above the Owens Valley The Hatchery is a quick and easy detour off Hwy 395. It's only open Mon - Thursday from 10am - 4pm. When you arrive in the large dirt parking lot, you will immediately see the beautiful facade of this historic building and large pond. The large outdoor pond would be a... More 

Thank Chuck B
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

What a great building! I just love to see the product of men of vision. People who build for a long fruitful future. Go inside and buy a bag of fish food to use at the pond. Great restoration work after the fire. Make sure you visit the store, very different!

Thank Starviagera
Costa Mesa, California
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337 reviews
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Reviewed 19 August 2016

We stopped here about 10 years ago and only recently returned for a visit. We were very impressed. We didn't know that the hatchery had suffered extensive damage back in 2007 and 2008 due to fires and mudslides and was subsequently rebuilt but the "new" place is considerably improved with some new exhibits. It was sad to see that their... More 

Thank Paul S
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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79 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

We spent around an hour here, letting the kids feed the fish and enjoying the scenery. We watched lots of rabbits running around and got a good look at some marmots hanging around the rock walls. I would have loved to have seen inside the building, but I am glad visitors are allowed just outside after hours.

Thank Hickorynut
Santa Maria, California
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107 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 14 June 2016

What was built as one of the premier Fish Hatchery's in the United States is now more than that. While still a more than viable Hatchery for fish is an outstanding Museum. The building and grounds are so pleasant to look at, even if the exhibits are closed, drive by, it's only a minute off the main highway. If you... More 

Thank Christopher H
Stretton, Rutland
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Reviewed 6 April 2016

We visited out of season when the centre was not open. We spent a good hour in peaceful surroundings taking pictures of the fish and feeding them for the privilege. Some beautiful and huge fish to see. We were the only visitors when we went and it really was tranquil. Would be a lovely place to take a picnic.

Thank shiresjw
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2016

My wife and I visited the Mt. Whitney Hatchery many years ago when it was operational. I remember watching an impossibly large rainbow trout swimming around in the pond in front of the hatchery with a large snake hanging halfway out of it's mouth! I also remember thinking "how do I tie a fly like that"! Years later we were... More 

Thank Glenn R
Malibu, California
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Reviewed 13 November 2015

Historical and environmental. Quick and easy tour—2 minutes off the 395. Been wanting to stop for years and glad I finally did. It’s historical and way cool. Hard to believe they built a hatchery way back in 1915. Nice area to relax near pond and also visiting the old building.

Thank SanMo
West Sacramento, California
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8 reviews
Reviewed 17 September 2015

The Hatchery was closed when we visited but it is a beautiful site for wandering and relaxing. There are picnic tables and large trees. Farther up the road is the Baxter Pass trail head - an interesting side trip.

Thank Chris K

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