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Leadville National Fish Hatchery - Lake County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: Leadville National Fish Hatchery is the second-oldest federal hatchery in the nation. Its grounds are open to the public for hiking and wildlife viewing, and include willow thickets, subalpine (spruce-fir) forest, and two public fishing ponds which can attract waterfowl, especially in late fall. Great Blue Herons and Bald Eagles sometimes take advantage of the easy pickings here, and mammals on the property include elk and porcupine.

Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Spruce-Fir Forest, Streamside Willow
Directions: From Leadville, head 3.5 miles south from town on US 24, to a left-hand bend in the highway. Just past the bend, turn right on CO 300. Head 2.2 miles down this road to the hatchery.
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