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Jocko River Trout Hatchery

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Site Facts

  • Open:Jan 1 - Dec 31
  • Size: 62 acres
  • Elevation: 3018 ft

Important Notice

Pets must be on leash at all times.

Posted: Jul 30, 2014

Stage I Fire Restrictions

Steep, narrow access road may be icy in winter.

No motor vehicles permitted off paved road.

The Arlee Rainbow Trout is used extensively in Fish, Wildlife & Parks management of lakes, ponds and reservoirs. The Jocko River Trout Hatchery produces approximately 5-6 million eggs during a spawning season. Spawning season begins the second week of October. We sort the females for ripeness every other Monday and spawn them the following Wednesday. Spawning season ends the last week in December. Around 4-5 million of the eggs produced during spawning are shipped to other Montana State hatcheries where they are raised for stocking. Arlee Rainbow Trout are also reared at this hatchery for production and are distributed into state waters. About 320,000 pounds of trout are planted into 60 bodies of water around northwest Montana. The Jocko River Trout Hatchery is staffed and operated by three full-time employees that reside on-site. The hatchery is open to visitors 7 days/week from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The hatchery sits on 60 acres of land and includes a hatchery building with an egg incubation area, 20 fiberglass rearing troughs and 10 concrete rearing tanks. The other building contains an office, shop, storage and garage. There are 10 outside production raceways and 6 brood raceways. Water is collected from an underground spring area and is gravity fed through the hatchery and raceways through a buried pipeline. The water temperature varies seasonally from 46-52 degrees Fahrenheit. Water flow varies seasonally from 1000-6000 gpm. The Jocko River Trout Hatchery is located just outside of the town of Arlee which is 27 miles north of Missoula at the southern tip of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Reservation. We are proud to be part of a community that has so many great things to offer.

Directions

Directions

From I-90 W of Missoula: Travel N on Hwy 93 approx. 19 miles; go through Arlee, MT; approx. 200 yards N of town turn E (right) onto Oxford Rd; go approx. 200 yards and turn N (left) onto Hatchery Lane at hatchery sign; go through residential area, through gate, and down steep narrow road to hatchery grounds. Open 8:30am - 4:30pm daily.
(Lat 47.169 , Lng -114.082 )

Contact Information

Contact Information

If you have questions or comments please send mail to:

  • Jocko River Trout Hatchery
  • 71873 Hatchery Lane
  • Arlee, MT  59821
  • or call 406-726-3344
Restrictions & Closures

Restrictions & Closures

Pet Restriction

Pets must be on leash at all times.

Stage I Fire Restriction

Stage I Fire Restrictions

Seasonal Restriction

Steep, narrow access road may be icy in winter.

Motorized Vehicle Restriction

No motor vehicles permitted off paved road.

Vehicle Length

Trailer/RV not recommended.