Fish hatchery closed through Thanksgiving |

Fish hatchery closed through Thanksgiving

by Linda Hiller

The Lahontan Fish Hatchery will be closed through Thanksgiving for repairs to blacktop damage incurred during the 1997 New Year’s Flood.

The fish hatchery, located near the Carson River, was hard hit by the record-breaking flood. In addition to taking out half of the wells necessary for running the 36 raceways, the fast-moving water washed over the asphalt roadway and parking lot at the hatchery, doing enough damage to require asphalt replacement.

“It was really getting dangerous, with all the holes in the pavement,” said Judy Saferite, fisheries program assistant. “And now with all the big equipment working out there, it is really dangerous. Every day we come to work, we don’t know where to park.”

After putting the job to open bid, Don Garcia Excavating and Paving from South Lake Tahoe won the contract and is in the process of doing the repairs.

The Lahontan Fish Hatchery is located at 710 highway 395, south of Gardnerville. The facility, which began operation in 1967, raises Lahontan cutthroat and rainbow trout for annual release into area waterways. The process can be viewed through self-guided tours of the hatchery.

Barring any unforeseen weather hold-ups, Saferite said the facility should re-open Nov. 29. Phone 265-2425 for details.