The exterior of the hatchery building with mountains in the background at Story Fish Hatchery.

Story Fish Hatchery

Fish Hatchery Information


Wyoming's oldest working fish hatchery sits at the base of the Bighorn Mountains. Opening its doors in 1909, the Story Fish Hatchery is now home to five captive brood stocks utilized by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to provide optimal angling opportunities for the public. Located in the scenic ponderosa pine forest at the base of the Bighorn Mountains, the hatchery provides visitors with a unique opportunity to observe fish and local wildlife.

Story Fish Hatchery Address

311 Fish Hatchery Road
Story, Wyoming 82842

(307) 683-2234

Driving Directions

Fish Hatchery Hours:

The hatchery is open to the public 8 am - 5 pm daily.


Fish Hatchery Video Tour

Story Hatchery Fun Facts

  • Story Fish Hatchery's five broodstocks provide approximately 8 million eggs. These eggs are shipped to other Wyoming hatcheries as well as other hatcheries around the country to be reared and stocked into public waters.
  • Story Fish Hatchery is home to the only known captive broodstock of genetically pure golden trout in the nation.
  • Visitors to Story Fish Hatchery can bring some quarters to get food to feed the large lake trout located in the lake trout brood pond.
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Hatchery Broodstock

  • Brown trout fish illustration.
  • Rainbow Trout Illustration

Story Fish Hatchery is now home to five captive brood stocks including brook, brown, lake, Eagle Lake rainbow and golden trout.

Each year, these brood stocks provide approximately 8 million eggs of these parent species and two hybrid species. Eggs from these brood stocks are then shipped to other Wyoming hatcheries and other hatcheries around the country to be reared and stocked into public waters.

The outside of buildings at Story Fish Hatchery, nestled at the base of mountains

Story Fish Hatchery Renovations

Over the years, the facility has gone through several major renovations including; covering one of our well sources in 2010, installing a weather port over our brown trout raceways in 2011, constructing a brood building to house our rainbow, brook, and lake trout broods in 2010, as well as the addition of a visitor center in 1992. In an effort to raise the highest quality fish for our anglers and recreationists we must keep up with the latest technologies and procedures meaning some things may have changed since your last visit. Rest assured that everything we do here at the Story Fish Hatchery is in the best interest of our fish.

Where does Story Fish Hatchery Get Its Water?


As one might guess, water is a very important factor in rearing fish and Story is fortunate to have three very different water sources. Water from South Piney Creek flows ½ mile through underground caverns and emerges at the Big Spring. This is the original and primary water source for the facility and its variable flows and water temperatures (34-52 F) closely mimic conditions seen in nature which makes it an excellent water source for rearing brood stocks. Some returning visitors may remember ponds to the south of Big Spring; these ponds were covered over and developed to enhance collection of the Little Spring water. Although not as important flow-wise as the other two sources, its lack of silt and moderate temperature (37-48 F) make it ideal for incubating eggs. Lastly, an artesian well was re-routed in 2009 for use in the new incubator room. Even though this water contains a high amount of fine silt, its steady flow is a welcome addition during peak egg incubation times.  

A golden trout in water near Story Fish Hatchery