The State of Colorado has multiple hatcheries
, most of which welcome visitors. Some hatcheries offer self-guided tours, while others may have tour guides available during certain times of the year. Call ahead to find out what is offered at the hatchery you will be visiting
. To enhance your experience, some educational materials are available at all hatcheries. Tours for groups and schools must be arranged in advance
; call as far in advance of your visit as possible to make these arrangements. This will help ensure that a sufficient supply of educational materials is on hand and that your group has a coordinated, enjoyable experience.
Hatcheries are busy working environments. To make your visit as enjoyable and as rewarding as possible, please observe these guidelines:
- Don't place your hands in the water or try to catch fish with your hands. Raceways could become contaminated, and fish sickened, by these activities; some hatcheries have nearby fishing; call ahead to find out what opportunities there are.
- Don't move fish to another raceway. Fish are separated by raceways for good reasons. And moving them can result in injury or death.
- Don't wade or play in the hatchery's water source. This can cause contamination of the water or fouling with the additional silt and debris that might be kicked up.
- Do not feed fish anything other than approved feed available from dispensers at the hatcheries. "Human" food can foul the water or sicken fish (with sicknesses that could be passed to other fish).
- Talk to your children about why these guidelines are important.
- Enjoy your hatchery tour!