Last modified: Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fish hatcheries

Fountain Green Hatchery

1600 W Fish Hatchery Rd
Fountain Green, Utah 84632
(435) 445-3472


The Fountain Green Hatchery is located in the Sanpete Valley approximately one mile northwest of the town of Fountain Green. To find the hatchery from I-15, travel to Nephi, take Exit 225, then take Highway 132 east through Salt Creek Canyon to Fountain Green. Go to Center Street, turn west, go five blocks, turn north on 500 W, go to hatchery sign, turn left and follow the paved road to the hatchery.

Fountain Green Hatchery

Historic information

The Fountain Green Hatchery originally began operation in 1940, utilizing water from Big Springs that was discharged from the hydroelectric generation plant for fish culture. The hatchery consisted of eighteen small ponds, three large ponds, a hatchery building and a house. The original production was 100,000 "legals." An additional 68 acres of land was purchased in 1990 and hydroelectric head from Utah Power and Light. Plans were made to move the entire hatchery one mile closer to Big Springs. In 2004, fish production began at the new hatchery. Annual production of the new hatchery is 191,000 pounds or 2,448,000 fish averaging nine inches long.

Hatchery operation

Fountain Green currently has five full time employees. Production includes Bear Lake cutthroat, diploid and triploid rainbows and Tiger trout. Annual production is maintained at 190,000 pounds.


Fountain Green stocks fingerling Bear Lake cutthroat statewide, with most fish being stocked into Bear Lake and Strawberry Reservoir. Rainbow fingerling and sub-catchables are stocked in central Utah waters as well as Strawberry Res. Annually, Fountain Green stocks 410,000 rainbow catchables throughout the central portion of the State.


Visitors are welcome. Visiting hours are daily throughout the spring and summer months from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. Visitors are confined to non-production areas, due to disease concerns. Fish can be viewed in the hatchery building from a viewing area.

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