California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Feather River Fish Hatchery Visitor Information

Come and Explore !

Visitor Center

Atop Kelley Ridge is the Department's Lake Oroville Visitors Center, which has won a national award for its architectural design. The center houses wall displays, local artifacts, film and slides explaining the story of the State Water Project and the Oroville - Thermalito Complex. From its 47-foot viewing tower, visitors can view the complex, part of the Sierra Nevada, the Sutter Buttes, and the new Bidwell Bar Bridge.

  • Hours:
    Open 9 to 5 Daily
  • Phone Number:
    (530) 538-2219
  • Admission is FREE


  • Hours:
    Visitation hours are from 8:00 a.m. to sunset
    • School classes and the public can visit the hatchery year round, but the artificial spawning operation occurs only on specified weekdays during September through mid-November
  • Phone Numbers:
    • Hatchery: (530) 538-2222
    • Department of Water Resources
      Oroville Field Division: (530) 534-2306
  • Address:
    5 Table Mountain Blvd.
    Oroville, CA 95965
  • Directions:
    Take the Grand Nelson exit from Highway 70, east on Nelson Ave. 2 miles. South on Table Mountain Blvd. about 0.5 miles to the hatchery entrance.
  • Guided group tours must be scheduled in advance. Guided group tours during the spawning season should be scheduled 45 days in advance.
    To schedule a tour of the hatchery or other Oroville-Thermalito Complex facilities, contact the Department of Water Resources Oroville Field Division, (530) 534-2306.
  • Accessibility:
    The Feather River Hatchery is accessible to persons with disabilities. The amenities include designated parking areas, restrooms, and ramps. The ramps provide access to the viewing platform, viewing window, and the gathering tank at the top of the fish ladder. Windows are provided along the spawning building to allow visitors to watch the spawning process.