Sterling Springs Hatchery
Sterling Springs Hatchery is comprised of 2 acres at the headwaters of Oak Creek. The property is owned by U.S. Forest Service (Coconino Forest), and operated by the Department’s Hatchery Program since 1955. the hatchery was renovated in the 1970’s to provide a multi-use raceway system. The primary purpose of the hatchery is to supply Page Springs Hatchery with approximately 1.3 million fingerling trout for growth out and stocking. Some of the trout fingerlings reared by Sterling Springs Hatchery are stocked directly into select waters. Sterling Springs Hatchery has a single residence with separate garage and bunk house, a hatchery building, a storage shed, and several outdoor concrete raceways. The property is staffed by one full-time employee that reside on site, and one part-time employee, both are responsible for day-to-day operation and maintenance of the site.
On May 24th, 2014 Arizona Game and Fish, with the assistance of the Slide Fire incident command team, went behind fire lines to rescue 600,000 trout from the Sterling Springs Hatchery on Oak Creek. A year later the hatchery was up and running with no damage from the fire.
Sterling Springs Hatchery is located along Oak Creek between Sedona and Flagstaff on Highway 89A. From Flagstaff, drive south on I-17 to exit 337 towards AZ-89A S approximately 11 miles to the hatchery. From Phoenix, drive north on I-17 to exit 337 toward AZ-89A S and follow the road approximately 11 miles to the hatchery.
Open by appointment only. Contact 928 282-3643 or 928 301-0837. Closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas.