Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to support the hatchery and its historical significance, promote conservation ethics through education, improve outdoor recreational opportunities, and enhance the facilities for community events.


The Friends

Become involved… The Friends of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery is seeking additional members of the community to get involved, through tax exempt contributions or volunteering. There are no specific requirements for membership. Help is needed with trail maintenance, signs, construction, tours and education. By donating money, time, equipment, supplies or services you can help make a big difference. In order to maintain and improve this wonderful facility and the recreational opportunities it offers to the public, we must work together as partners. We invite you to become a member and join us in this endeavor. If you are interested in further information please contact us at:

Friends of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery
P.O. Box 1194
Leadville, CO 80461


The Hatchery

cutthroat troutThe Leadville National Fish Hatchery, established in 1889, is the second oldest currently operating federal fish hatchery. The hatchery offers fish viewing, fish feeding, a nature trail, picnic areas, group tours, and miles of hiking, skiing and snowshoeing trails.  Each year the hatchery stocks up to 250,000 catchable cutthroat and rainbow trout in reservoirs in Colorado.