Mad River Fish Hatchery

A steelhead hatchery along the Mad River in Humboldt County; this area offers rivers, redwoods, mountains and beaches for innumerable outdoor activities. The Mad River is an outstanding steelhead fishery while the Pacific Ocean, about 20 minutes west, beckons ceaselessly.

Visitor Information

Location: 1660 Hatchery Road, Arcata, CA 95521

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

Contact: (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. MAP

Self-guided tours are always available. Large group tour may be arranged by emailing at least two weeks ahead of time.

Hatchery property offers access to fishing, picnicking and river viewing. Restrooms are available.

More about this Facility


hatchery staff and sign
Mad River Hatchery
raceway ponds
tiered cement ponds ascend a river bank with fences on both sides and people observing
Fish Ladder