Last modified: Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fish hatcheries

Kamas Hatchery

2722 E Mirror Lake Highway
Kamas, Utah 84036
(435) 783-4883

Note: The Kamas Hatchery is currently closed.

Location

The Kamas Hatchery is located three miles from Kamas, Utah, which is the gateway to the Uinta Mountains. To find the hatchery from I-80, go east to Highway 40, and Highway 40 to the Kamas Exit. Turn onto Highway 24B and follow to Kamas, go three miles east on Mirror Lake Highway (Highway 150) to the hatchery.

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Kamas Hatchery

Historic information

The "Commercial Club" of the valley purchased the Kamas Hatchery in 1928 from Pete Crystal for a sum of $1,500.00 and the deed was given to the State of Utah. Operation of the hatchery began in 1930. The first full-time hatchery superintendent was Bill Jackland. The hatchery's elevation is 7,000 feet. Water flow averages 5.1 cubic feet per second and the temperature is 52° F. A new hatchery was designed in 1997 and a complete rebuild of all facilities was completed in 2000. Annual production of the new hatchery is 144,000 pounds or 1,424,000 fish averaging seven inches long.

Hatchery operation

Kamas currently has four full-time employees. Production includes brook, Bear Lake cutthroat, grayling, kokanee and diploid and triploid rainbows. Kamas also raises Albino rainbow trout to stock along the Mirror Lake Highway. Many of the brook trout and grayling raised by Kamas are stocked during the summer months by airplane into high elevation lakes from the North Slope of the Uinta to Boulder Mountains of southern Utah. Hatchery personnel also conduct egg taking operations at the Little Dell Bonneville Basin cutthroat trap and Strawberry trap.

Stocking

Kamas stocks fingerling brook trout and grayling into lakes and streams statewide, as well as fingerling and sub-catchable cutthroat and triploid rainbows into Strawberry Reservoir. 270,000 catchables rainbows are stocked into central and northern Utah waters as well as a number of the urban fisheries along the Wasatch front.

Vistors

The Kamas Hatchery is currently closed.

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