Grace Fish Hatchery
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The Grace Fish Hatchery is located in southeast Idaho about eight miles south of the town of Grace. To find us, follow Highway 34 for about seven miles south from Grace, through Niter and turn left onto Fish Hatchery Road. Travel about two miles on Fish Hatchery Road and turn right onto Fish Hatchery Lane to head down to the hatchery. The Grace Fish Hatchery is funded through IDFG fishing and hunting license sales and PacifiCorp mitigation money.
The Grace Fish Hatchery was built in 1946. The hatchery water supply comes from two freshwater springs which are the head waters of Whiskey Creek, a tributary of the Bear River. There is an egg incubation room and 16 concrete vats inside the hatchery building for rearing fry. Outside there are 16 small raceways for rearing fingerlings. At the south end of the hatchery, there are 6 large raceways for rearing catchable size fish. About 75,000 pounds of fish per year are raised at the hatchery.
Visitors are welcome from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for self-guided tours. Scheduled tours are given on request. Please call (208) 427-6364 for an appointment. There are public restrooms and a shaded picnic area on site. A kid’s fishing event is held each year on Free Fishing Day at the hatchery to give anglers age 14 and under fishing opportunities.
The primary mission of the hatchery is to produce fish for Southeast Idaho lakes, reservoirs, rivers and streams. Additional fish are also raised to meet statewide stocking requests as needed.
Most of the fish production is rainbow trout catchables and fingerlings. Sterile lake trout fingerlings are also raised for Bear Lake. Through cooperation with PacifiCorp, Bear River Bonneville cutthroat trout are also being raised at the hatchery to assist with conservation and restoration efforts.