Kern River Hatchery

Kern River Hatchery, located along the Kern River just north of Lake Isabella, is the future and historic site of rearing and releasing the native Kern River Rainbow Trout. This hatchery is also home to the Fishing and Natural History Museum, open during business hours.

Be sure to join us for the annual Trout Fest! For information email

Picnic grounds and restrooms are available.

Visitor Information

Location: 14415 Sierra Way, Kernville, CA 93238

Hours: Open 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Contact: (760) 376-2846,

Directions: From Bakersfield take Hwy 178 east to Lake Isabella, take Kernville exit, continue on to Kernville, turn left at Mtn Hwy 99/Sierra Way, follow one mile to hatchery. MAP


Local activities nearby include fishing, rafting, and bird watching, hiking, bicycling, rock climbing and more. Be sure to check out The Needles, a massive granite rock formation.

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hatchery ponds and walkways