San Joaquin Hatchery

long, concrete raceway ponds
aerial view of hatchery roads, buildings, ponds - ©Google
adults and small children at the edge of a raceway ponds
Family feeding and watching fish at the San Joaquin Hatchery.
picnic tables on cement pad beside shrubs
Picnic grounds on site at native vegetation gardens.

A major producer of trout and inland salmon, San Joaquin Hatchery is also a great place to visit. Along the San Joaquin River, just downstream of the Friant dam, San Joaquin Hatchery has picnic grounds among the garden of California native vegetation. Take a photo with the enormous wood-carved rainbow trout!


Location: 17372 Brook Trout Drive, Friant, CA 93626


  • Grounds and restrooms: open daily, 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • FINS parking lot, trails, open spaces: open daily, sunrise to sunset

Contact: (559) 822-2374,

Mail: PO Box 247, Friant, CA 93626


  • Located 1 mile below Lake Millerton Dam, about 12 miles north of Fresno. MAP(opens in new tab)
  • Upper parking lot: Open sunrise to sunset. East of Highway 41 in Friant. From Friant Road, turn west onto Parker Ave. Vehicle must be removed before Sunset. No Over night Parking.
  • Lower parking lot: Open 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Additional parking and ADA parking to access the hatchery grounds is available. East of Highway 41 at Friant. From Friant road, turn west onto Flemming Road and follow the road to the small lower parking lot. Vehicles must be removed from the lower parking area by 3:00 p.m. daily.



  • Friant Interactive Nature Site
    San Joaquin Hatchery is part of Friant Interactive Nature Site (FINS). After visiting the hatchery stay and explore the rest of the site, which includes: The San Joaquin River Parkway Trail, The Small Fry Children's Discovery Trail, picnic areas and outdoor classroom; view the California native vegetation gardens, behold San Joaquin River watershed tile mosaic and be on the lookout for wildlife flying overhead while on site. At FINS not only can you see salmonid life stages up close and feed the growing fish, you can enjoy nature by taking a stroll or picnicking along the trials. Kids can learn through play experiencing the life of a trout in themed play areas imaging they are a fish finding prey and hiding from predators in natural habitats. The 59 acres of state property is about a 15-minute drive from Fresno.
  • Coming soon: Salmon Conservation and Research Facility
    Construction of the facility is resuming on May 31, 2022, and is estimated to be completed by June 2023. Completing construction of this facility will allow reopening of the San Joaquin River Parkway Trail connecting to Fresno County Lost Lake Recreation Area and access to the San Joaquin River. For public safety, a portion of the San Joaquin River Parkway Trail is currently closed due to construction of the new facility.

More about this Facility

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1010 Riverside Parkway, West Sacramento, CA 95605 |