Kern River Hatchery

Notice: The Kern River Hatchery is temporarily closed for repairs.

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.

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. Closed for repairs

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(opens in new tab)


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

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hatchery ponds and walkways