California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Visit Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery

  • Hours
    Open every day (including holidays), 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Directions
    Located about 2 miles east of Clements. From Highway 12, turn north on McIntire Road. At the end of McIntire Road, turn right and follow the road straight until entering the Hatchery’s parking lot located at the base of Camanche Dam at 25800 North McIntire Road, Clements, CA 95227.
  • Phone
    (209) 759-3383
  • Formal Tours
    Group tours are offered to schools, clubs, scouts, and other organized groups looking for an educational experience. To schedule a tour, call (209) 759-3383, at least two weeks in advance.
    Topics Covered:
    • chinook salmon and steelhead trout biology
    • purpose and operation of the hatchery
    • importance of watersheds preservation
    Tours are limited due to limited staff. Public tours are not provided, but visitors are welcome to take a self-guided tour of the hatchery during open hours.
  • Self Guided Tours
    Follow the fish trail to see all the hatchery highlights: the Mokelumne River, the fish ladder, the hatchery building, and the raceways. Fish food is available for visitors to feed the salmon and steelhead in the raceways. Picnic tables and restrooms are available. During spawning seasons, visitors can watch the artificial spawning process through a viewing window (call ahead to be sure it's a spawning day).
  • When to see Chinook Salmon Spawning
    Mid-October to late December
  • When to see Steelhead Trout Spawning
    December to March