Mad River Fish Hatchery

Mad River Fish Ladder
Mad River Fish Ladder

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


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

Phone Number

(707) 822-0592


1660 Hatchery Road, Arcata, CA 95521


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(opens in new tab)

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

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


Mad River Hatchery Raceways
Mad River Hatchery Raceways

Additional info

  • Restrooms are available