Darrah Springs Hatchery raises trout near the town of Manton in eastern Tehama County. Camping and other outdoor activities surround this region; Lassen National Park, Hat Creek, Battle Creek and Deer Creek all within a one hour drive.
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Open: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Please contact the hatchery manager for assistance on a visit and current hours.
29661 Wildcat Road, Paynes Creek, CA 96075
Directions: Near the town of Manton, on Highway 36; 10 miles east of Red Bluff to Dales Station, follow hatchery signs north on County Road A6 for 8 miles. Cross Battle Creek, turn left onto Wildcat Road, proceed 3 miles to hatchery entrance. MAP(opens in new tab)
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Springtime is the most enjoyable season to visit Darrah Springs. The weather is ideal and the scenery breathtaking. This is also the busiest time for stocking fish. Beginning in mid-April, Monday through Friday, specially equipped stocking trucks move large numbers of catchable trout into several waters of Northern California. This stocking or planting of fish will continue until mid-October.
Many campgrounds are in the local area. The north and south entrances to Lassen National Park, Lake Almanor, Shasta Lake, Whiskeytown Lake, Hat Creek, Battle Creek and Deer Creek are within an hour drive away.
Visitor facilities are utilitarian but visitation is encouraged and employees are available to answer questions. Tours of organized groups may be arranged by calling the hatchery