Don’t tell them where they know the fish.
A simply delightful pause with a walk about, and take away picnic lunch at Page Spring Fish Hatchery.
Page Springs Fish Hatchery, named for the Page family that first established the hatchery in the 1930’s, is now managed by the Hatchery Program of the Arizona Fish, Game, and Wildlife, an agency of the State of Arizona’s government. The Hatchery is approximately 190 Acres and includes two parcels of land: Page Springs Hatchery and Bubbling Ponds Hatchery.
In 1990-91 the Hatchery was renovated into a showcase facility featuring raceways, canopies, a visitor center, and a self-guided tour path. The Audubon Society identified habitat at the hatcheries and riparian area along lower Oak Creek as an Important Bird Area (IBA), and it draws thousands of visitors to view the wildlife or like us, a quiet watery respite.
There is a Showpond where visitors are encouraged to feed the fish. Bring quarters, and don’t forget to sign the guestbook. The sound of the flowing water is big in this area and quite wonderful, the pond crystal clear and the fish healthy and enthusiastic. I enjoyed photographing the mural and could not find who had done the work, obviously enjoying themselves in the detail and variety of critters featured.
The Visitor Center has an engaging display of area wildlife, including some beauties of bird photography in an exhibit by Audubon, and of course a large volume of information on the Hatchery and fishing in Arizona displayed well and quite interesting.
A few Hatchery Facts:
The Hatchery raises rainbow and brown trout. They grow about an inch per month, take less than a year to reach catch-able size.
Fed high protein diet.
Hatchery does not keep brood fish. They get their fingerlings from Silver Springs Hatchery in Oak Creek Canyon.
The Hatchery stocks around 600 to 700 hundred thousand fish per year, in rivers, streams, and lakes year round throughout the entire state of Arizona. The Hatchery is the largest in the State of Arizona and supplies 60% of the rainbow trout that are raised by State Hatcheries.
There is a short hiking trail, and once you leave the Hatchery you may be interested in one of the many tasting rooms as the area boasts excellent wineries, the vineyards quite beautiful to behold.
A safe and peaceful June to each and everyone.