Back at the cabin, one of the spots the kids had never visited was the Leadville Fish Hatchery. Established in 1889, is the second oldest Federally operated fish hatchery in existence today. Located on 3,072 acres near the city of Leadville, the hatchery’s subalpine forest surroundings with its cold, clean water supply and nearby source of native cutthroat trout populations provide the ideal spot for trout production.
So when we drove up to what looks like a parking lot with big concrete troughs in it and I asked if they wanted to see some fish, the confusion began. They approached the tanks and quickly noticed the waters were alive with thousands of big trout that were hungry. We got some food from the dispenser and started feeding them. The girls were having a great time watching their activity. Many of the trout would try and swim upstream. That is impossible given the tank layout and provided for some good splashes when they came back down. They kids ran around for quite a while before we wrapped up our trout viewing and feeding.
However, you know that silliness had to be coming! Meet the two newest fish at the hatchery!