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Giant Springs Trout Hatchery

Hatchery

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Open: null - null
Size: 11 acres
Elevation: 3200 ft
Nearest Town: Great Falls

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
Posted

Pets must be on leash at all times.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
Posted

Hatchery parking is in the Giant Springs State Park parking lot only.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
Posted Jul 30, 2014

Stage I Fire Restrictions

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
Posted

Public is restricted to front of the hatchery to State Park.
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The hatchery is adjacent to the Giant Springs Park complex. The hatchery visitor center and show ponds are open to the public from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM daily and tours may be arranged on week days by contacting Region 4 Headquarters, (406)454-5840.

Giant Springs Trout Hatchery is a production facility constructed in 1928. Reconstruction took place in 1984 when all the old round ponds were replaced by 24 outside raceways, except for one, which is now the show pond. The hatchery building was replaced and houses the egg incubators and 40 interior raceways, which can be seen from the visitor center. Giant Springs, the hatchery's water supply, is one of the largest springs in the country, and is the headwaters of one of the world's shortest rivers, the Roe River. The springs put forth over 150 million gallons of water each day, flowing into the Roe River which is only 201' in length. Water to the hatchery building is 650-700 gallons per minute. The outside 24 raceways receive 15,000 gallons of water per minute. The water is high in nitrogen and low in oxygen because it is from a very deep aquifer. As a result, the water from the spring is pumped through packed columns to reverse this condition and provide better quality water for fish rearing.

Directions
Directions

Follow Giant Springs road 1.5 miles. It's just past the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and the FWP Region 4 Headquarters adjacent to Giant Springs/Heritage State .
(Lat 47.535, Lng -111.228)

Contact Information
Contact Information

If you have questions or comments please send mail to: Giant Springs Trout Hatchery, 4801 Giant Springs Road Great Falls, MT  59405  or call 406-452-5734 .

Restrictions & Closures
Restrictions & Closures
Pet Restriction
Pets must be on leash at all times.
Motorized Vehicle Restriction
Hatchery parking is in the Giant Springs State Park parking lot only.
Stage I Fire Restriction
Stage I Fire Restrictions
Management Restriction
Public is restricted to front of the hatchery to State Park.
Vehicle Length
Site is accessible.
Activities
Activities
  • Interpretive Center - Self guided.
  • Tours - Self guided. For larger tours contact 406-454-5840.
Miscellaneous
Miscellaneous
  • Visitor Center
Sanitation/Water
Sanitation/Water
  • Drinking Water
  • Garbage Bins
  • Toilet (Flush)
  • Water (Pressurized)