Las Animas State Fish Hatchery

Las Animas Hatchery & Rearing Unit

Address:

33128 CR 5.5
Las Animas, Colorado 81054

Contact: Joe Marrinan, joe.marrinan@state.co.us, or 719/456-0499

Hours: 7am to 3:30pm daily
Features:
  • Self-guided tours
  • ‘Feed the Fish’ fish food dispensers
  • Large fish ‘show’ pond
  • Wildlife books and videos
  • Free posters and pamphlets

Description:

The Las Animas Hatchery is one of the two Parks & Wildlife warm water hatcheries, and the first established in 1937. (The Wray Hatchery is the other; the Pueblo Hatchery is a cold and warm water facility). Brood fish (mature females and males used to produce and fertilize eggs) are produced here—channel catfish and largemouth bass. Catfish and bass are also stocked in eastern Colorado lakes and streams from here.

The hatchery facility has 13 ponds, totaling more than 13 acres, 250 feet of raceways, a twelve-tank hatchery, and six ‘nurse’ basins.