Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery
After surviving the 55,000 acre wild fire that stopped just yards away from
the Hatchery in July 2007, then July 2008 brought a heavy thunderstorm on the
burned areas bringing a wall of mud and ash down the Sierra into Oak Creek.
The mud flow went through the hatchery site. A four foot layer of mud and debris
was left throughout the grounds of the hatchery.
The Mt. Whitney
Fish Hatchery Grounds Are Open
You can visit Thursday through Monday from 10am to 4pm. The lobby, with new
displays, and the Friends Gift Shop, are open and staffed by the Friends of
the Hatchery. Tours of the building are available by the Friends during these
hours. The Friends have a trough of trout available to visitors for close viewing
in the north end of the building which eventually will become an interpretive
center. The hatchery grounds have never looked better. Bring a picnic and enjoy
this unique historic location.
Stop by when you
travel along Highway 395 or reserve a day for your special occasion, wedding
or family reunion. For reservations or to make a donation: Contact Bruce Ivey
at Friends of Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery at: PO Box 193, Independence, CA 93562;
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Friends of
the Hatchery, donations of cash and equipment, and many volunteers, along with
State and County prisoners, have spent eight months and thousands of hours of
labor restoring the hatchery grounds.
The hatchery grounds
have been restored and the new rest rooms adjacent to the parking lot are open.
The Lobby area has been remodeled. The large display pond in front of the Hatchery
building has been cleaned and restored and with a partial water supply restored,
brood trout are swimming again in the pond. The Department of Fish and Game
is operating two troughs within the building to experiment with hatching eggs
and raising some small trout. This is necessary to determine how well this limited
supply of water will maintain consistent temperatures flowing through the mud
flow area with no vegetation to shade the water.
The Friends really
needs volunteers, your membership and/or donations. Your commitment to the historic
building and grounds will be long remembered. Volunteers
are needed, either with or without artistic talent.
To make a donation
or volunteer: Contact Bruce Ivey at Friends of Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery at:
PO Box 193, Independence, CA 93562; or e-mail email@example.com.
Friends of Mt. Whtney Fish Hatchery Website
how the Hatchery was planned and built in the early 1900's.
Photo by V. Zech
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