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Mojave River Fish Hatchery; Where it all Begins

VICTORVILLE:( Often times Victor Valley residents are looking for local things to do with the family. Not very many people know that the Mojave River State Fish Hatchery is so close to home and open to the public.

The best part is there is no entrance fee and parking is very easy.

For many fish this is where life first begins. The fish are raised into various sizes and eventually carried off to fill many of our surrounding lakes. Children will enjoy seeing everything from small baby fish to full sized-adult trout.

For 25 cents you can purchase fish food pellets from a gum style vending machine and feed the fish. During normal business hours the public is invited to self-guided tours and clean restrooms are available on the premises.

The Mojave Fish Hatchery is located on the lower campus of Victor Valley College. The address is 12550 Jacaranda Avenue in Victorville. The hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 7:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.

“My dad used to take me there when I was 8 or 9 years old… I’m over 60 now! I’ve taken both my kids there over the years…and we still go every once in a while”, stated Victor Valley News member Starr Crayk-Bonde.

“Used to be a nickle for food from the machine…(you would get more than a cup), now it’s a quarter and you get a handful. But that’s ok. Everyone should go see the fish hatchery…it’s a great experience and makes a great memory!”

If you plan on visiting please remember to be respectful of the location. Make sure children are supervised at all times and if you have trash don’t litter.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is a major producer and supplier of trout for Southern California. Although in the Mojave Desert, the Mojave River aquifer supplies excellent water for raising big trout. Waters that leave the hatchery percolate back to the aquifer but first create an excellent wetland for wildlife and wildlife viewing.

Hugo Valdez

Hugo Valdez has been providing news coverage for Victor Valley News Group since 2012, and has been a resident of Victorville for over 30 years. He enjoys utilizing the platform to create a more informed and connected community. Hugo can be reached by email at
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