Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex

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Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex


(775) 265-2425

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The Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex operates the Hatchery and the Marble Bluff Fish Facility. The complex plans and implements coordinated management and recovery activities for the endangered Cui-ui (Chasmistes cujus) of Pyramid Lake and threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout (Onchorynchus clarki henshawi) within the Interior Basins Ecoregion. Marble Bluff Fish Facility is critical to moving the endangered Cui ui around the dam. A "fish lock" acts like an elevator that brings the fish up to the river so that they can spawn in the river. The best time to visit is during spring spawning runs, Mid April to Mid May. Lahontan cutthroat trout are raised at the Lahontan Fish Hatchery for recovery purposes and for stocking for recreational fishing. You can visit the Hatchery Monday - Friday from 7:30 - 3:30. The Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex was authorized in 1956 to mitigate the loss of the Pyramid Lake fishery. Since 1992 it has provided oversight for the recovery of two fish native to the area, the Lahontan cutthroat trout (LCT) (Onchorynchus clarkii henshawi) and the cui-ui (Chasmistes cujus).

The endangered cui-ui (Chasmistes cujus) and the threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout (LCT) (Oncorhynchus clarkii henshawi) have played key historical roles in the culture and economy of the region. The cui-ui sucker is found only in the alkaline Pyramid Lake and the lower Truckee River. They were a major food source for local native American tribes throughout the 1800's and are still important to the culture of several tribes in the region. The largest of the cutthroat family, LCT were known to reach over forty pounds and regularly migrated 114 miles in the Truckee River between Lake Tahoe and Pyramid Lake.

Native fish of the West have faced significant challenges over the past century. Loss of habitat, commercial harvest, water diversions and the spread of non-native fish have resulted in extinctions and have caused many fish to be listed as endangered or threatened. Under the Endangered Species Act, the Service is working to restore these fish to their native waters. The hatchery is open to visitation every day of the year, Monday through Friday from 7:30 - 3:30.

Map of Lahontan Nat'l Fish Hatchery Complex

Latitude, Longitude: 38.887091, -119.694586



  • Fishing

    Special rules under the Endangered Species Act allow a rare opportunity of recreational fishing for the threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout (LCT). Each year the Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex stocks LCT in Fallen Leaf Lake, the Truckee River, Pyramid Lake June Lake, Gull Lake, Marlette Lake, and Walker Lake. These LCT, reared at the Hatchery, are a lake strain known to have originated from a population native to the Tahoe/Truckee basin. All stocked fish are marked or tagged for identification and research purposes.



The Fish Hatchery Complex is located at 710 Highway 395 in Gardnerville Nevada.

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(775) 265-2425