California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Children touring hatchery facility

Visit Mad River Fish Hatchery

  • Tour Hours
    Free hatchery tours are offered during spawning season (generally January through March), from 8:30 am until 11:00 am -- rain or shine (tours are 30 minutes long). School groups and the general public are encouraged to attend.

    Tour participants will be able to observe the entire process from the selection of specific adults for spawning, to the final disposition of fertilized eggs in the hatchery egg incubation system.

  • Schedule a Tour
    Call (707) 822-0592
  • Directions
    Highway 299 to the Blue Lake exit (5.3 miles east of Highway 101), go straight on Blue Lake Blvd. Continue straight through roundabout. Take next right onto Greenwood Road, approximately 0.4 miles. Turn left on Railroad to arrive at 1660 Hatchery Road, Arcata, CA 95521.
  • Recreational Opportunities
    The hatchery property offers opportunities for birdwatching, fishing, picnicking and river viewing.
  • Restrooms are available