Opened in 1888, Mt Shasta is the oldest trout hatchery west of the Mississippi. The Sisson Museum on site has excellent displays and presentations. Skiing, hiking, fishing, hunting, backpacking, mountaineering are all available in the shadow of towering 14,179 foot Mt Shasta. Picnic tables are on site.
Open: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
3 North Old Stage Road, Mount Shasta, CA 96067
From Interstate 5: exit at the central Mount Shasta off-ramp.Head west on Lake Street, which turns into Hatchery Lane. At the intersection of Hatchery Lane and Old Stage Road, continue straight ahead, across old stage road, into the hatchery parking lot. MAP(opens in new tab)
Mount Shasta Hatchery is the oldest operating hatchery west of the Mississippi river and began operations in 1888. It is located in Siskiyou County in Northern California. Mt Shasta Hatchery supplies the majority of the eggs for CDFW trout hatcheries, upwards of 30 million eggs a year
Swing into Hatchery Building B from mid-march through July to check out eggs being hatched and fry being raised. See the transitions from the hatchery building to the nursery ponds, where the fry are grown until they are ready to move to the raceways. Check out the brood stock, where fish can grow to nearly 10 lbs.
Brown Trout in Mt Shasta Pond
Mt Shasta Hatchery ponds
Take a walk on the Elsa Rupp Trail to the nature area, graciously donated to the Department of Fish and Game in 1973.
You can visit the Sisson Museum(opens in new tab) and see both the hatchery and surrounding area history