The Vermont State Fish
Hatchery at Roxbury
The home of the one that got away.
Route 12A in Roxbury
Visitors of the Roxbury Fish hatchery
are invited to:
- View the stocked fish in the
- Feed the stocked fish, with
food from the nickel feeders
- Eat lunch (no fish please) at
hatchery's picnic area with fire place
- Larger groups may call ahead
to arrange for a guided tour
Residents of the hatchery include:
salmon, the ocean going version of the
the Landlocked Salmon (Salmo salar) found in rivers. Atlantic
salmon are known for their silvery sides, white bellies, black
spotted back with a dark, forked tail.
trout (Salvelinus fontinalis), Vermont's
only native stream dwelling trout. Brook trout can be identified
by its square tale, worm like markings on it's top 1/3 of its
body, the orange and yellow spots, and orange fins.
The Roxbury State Fish hatchery is responsible
for stocking Brook Trout for the entire state, and Atlantic Salmon
for the Connecticut River Restoration Program. The Brook trout
are kept in the hatchery for 1.5 years before they are released,
and can grow from between 6-12 inches. The salmon are just kept
a month after hatching before moving to the Connecticut River.
Operation of the hatchery began in 1891,
and for over 100 years the hatchery has remained relatively the
same. The buildings and stocking ponds are the original ones built
in 1891. Today, around 350,000 fish are raised in the hatchery
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