Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery


Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery
Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery
Entry sign at Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery

The 390 acres of the Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery were set aside in 1956 as part of the Colorado River Storage Project Act. That Act required the production and distribution of trout to mitigate the damage done to the Upper Colorado River System and to meet the requirements of Tribal trust agreements in place on Native American land. All of this was necessitated by all the dams that were then being (and had already been) constructed on the Upper Colorado River drainage system. Then it took until 1970 for the Jones Hole Hatchery to birth its first trout. In 2000, Jones Hole Hatchery produced almost 2 million stocking-size trout and deposited them in waters in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.

Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery is located about 41 miles to the northeast of Vernal against the boundary of Dinosaur National Monument. The nearest camping to Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery is on the Dinosaur National Monument. There is a remote camp site about 2 miles downstream from Jones Hole NFH on the Jones Hole Creek trail (but you'll need reservations).