Montebello State Fish Hatchery
Children and adults alike will enjoy a visit to the Montebello State Fish Hatchery. If you've ever wondered what a hatchery is, or what a baby trout looks like, this is a wonderful place to explore. Staff is available to answer questions and guide your visit as you see thousands of fish being raised for eventual release to the wild. <p>The Fisheries Division of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries operates nine fish cultural stations around the state. These are categorized as either "rearing stations," or "hatcheries." In addition to warm-water species, there are five cold-water facilities engaged entirely in trout production, including hatching, raising and caring for trout until they reach stocking size. Over a million trout are reared to stocking size each year and released to rivers within the state.<p> The Montebello State Fish Hatchery in Nelson County is the smallest of the state facilities, but it still produces an important portion of the total output of hatchery trout. Located near the Blue Ridge Parkway, it is one of the most popular sites for visitors. <p>Montebello trout go to all the trout waters east of the Blue Ridge, from Amherst County, north. Montebello is also the lead trout hatchery for the urban trout-stocking program.<p> Fishing is one of the most popular pastimes in Virginia today, with millions of anglers enjoying the sport. Streams, lakes and rivers throughout the state are stocked with both warm and cold water species, providing recreation and relaxation in both urban and rural areas.<p> Visitors are welcome at the fish hatchery station in Montebello from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm daily through the month of October.