The Crystal Lake Hatchery in eastern Shasta County reopened to the public Thursday after being closed due to a major environmental restoration in nearby Rock Creek.
Beginning in October 2015, construction work prompted the closure of the viewing area at the hatchery and the temporary cancellation of tours to ensure the safety of both the public and the workers. The hatchery continued to raise and plant trout during the construction. Although the construction project is ongoing, the facility is now free of any equipment and personnel that would prohibit the public from safely visiting.
The Rock Creek restoration project consists of re-routing the hatchery supply pipeline and moving a diversion dam on Upper Rock Creek to a new location downstream. The project will create habitat for the endangered Shasta crayfish while maintaining a continuous, clean water supply to the hatchery.
Crystal Lake Hatchery spawns, raises and releases catchable rainbow trout, brook trout and brown trout every year for planting in Northern California lakes. It is one of 23 state-run hatcheries that provide millions of fish for California anglers. Visitors may call the hatchery at (530) 335-4111 for more information.