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.

Please Donate to the Friend’s Window Replacement Project

October 25, 2019 

The Friends of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery have undertaken a restoration project to replace the existing glass block windows in the Hatchery building with modern double pane glass windows that will mimic the look of the original 1890 windows.

Original windows at the Leadville National Fish Hatchery

The image to the left is a close-up of the original windows at the Leadville National Fish Hatchery. 

In the 1960’s, these beautiful windows were replaced with glass block. Today the Friends are working to restore the original appearance of the building. Our goal is to not only enhance the hatchery visitor’s experience but also improve the interior lightening. Ed Stege, the hatchery Project Leader, has already restored the roof and front porch to their original appearance and the window replacement will compete the exterior restoration of this 130-year-old building that is still performing the same function that it was originally designed for, propagating fish. Currently the building is producing greenback cutthroat trout, Colorado’s state fish, for restoration to their native habitat.

Read the Window Replacement Fund Press Release

This $95,000 project is currently funded at the $76,000 level. The Friends are asking all the people and organizations that use the hatchery and its grounds to support this ambitious project with your generous donations. We need an additional $19,000 to complete the project.  You can donate through PayPal by clicking on the donation button at the top of the page or by printing the Window Donation Flyer and returning it along with your check made out to the Friends of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery. We are a 501(c)3 organization so all donations are tax deductible. 

We sincerely thank you for your consideration and generous donations!


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.