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Mad River Hatchery

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Great place to fish nearby

Great visit for the family or fisherman. There is great fishing near there and its fun to take the... read more

Reviewed 30 December 2017
Shannon D
Eureka, California
Fun attaction out in Blue Lake

This is your basic hatchery for steelhead trout and rainbow trout, but it is an enjoyable... read more

Reviewed 6 April 2016
Arcata, California
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29 Dec 2017
“Great place to fish nearby”
28 Jul 2016
“Interesting and Beautiful”
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1660 Hatchery Rd, Arcata, CA 95521-9275
+1 707-822-0592
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Reviewed 30 December 2017

Great visit for the family or fisherman. There is great fishing near there and its fun to take the kids to. Hit Hatchery rd and just go to the end. You can have lunch in town or bring your own and just hang out. Blue...More

2  Thank Shannon D
Reviewed 28 July 2016

Many times over the years we have taken our grandchildren here and they enjoy feeding the fish. It's interesting to see and learn about the process of hatching, growing and releasing the fish. In addition, bring a picnic lunch - there are picnic tables in...More

Thank rodjk37
Reviewed 6 April 2016

This is your basic hatchery for steelhead trout and rainbow trout, but it is an enjoyable experience along the Mad River. You can feed the fish with fish pellets and take a walk around the facilities and have a good view of the Mad River....More

Thank 720Davis_M
Reviewed 21 January 2016

Was a good place to see the fish but we were thinking there would be more of a "hatchery" than a couple of fish "pools" Disappointing since we traveled out of the way to see it.

Thank wizabuf
Reviewed 17 September 2015

Just a cool place to watch salmon grow. It's fun to see them jumping up the fake stream and feeding them. you can then walk out to the river and enjoy the scenery and serneity

Thank BeckyMcKnight
Reviewed 29 July 2015

It's nice to take the kids here and see all the baby fish. Certain times of year the fish ladders are on and you can see them swimming upstream. Nice little walking trails along the river and giant beds of crushed oyster shells. The kids...More

Thank HumboldtWoman
Reviewed 23 July 2015

We were vacationing in the area and were told it was a good place for birding. It was a hot afternoon but the birds were quite cooperative. We saw about 17 species in just over an hour. We would definitely go there again.

Thank S C
Reviewed 15 July 2015

Our kids loved feeding the fish but were a bit disappointed that it was only one row that they were allowed to feed. It was 25cents to but Some fish food. Bring a cup !

Thank Nelemandonx
Reviewed 5 April 2015

It is so much fun to feed the fish. They swarm and create wonderful fishy chaos. The staff are happy to talk about their work and how to inseminate, raise, and distribute fish in lakes and rivers in Northern California.

2  Thank Traveloscopy F
Reviewed 30 May 2013

We love the hatchery for it's many trails & river accesses. Walking up & down the hatchery rows is always interesting but I think kids would really enjoy it more than we did. We pretty much just park our car & hike out to an...More

1  Thank Becky E
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