Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery
In response, EBMUD implemented several programs to improve water quality, flow regimes, and physical habitat in the lower Mokelumne River. The hatchery was remodeled in July 2002, enlarging the rearing space to promote fish health and fish survival rates while also making hatchery operations more efficient.
Since then, the Lower Mokelumme River Fishery Resource has thrived, as evidenced by counts of fall-run Chinook salmon escapement or returning salmon. Returning salmon increased by 3,028 from 1998 to 2003.
The hatchery is owned by EBUMD and operated by the California Department of Fish and Game and is open every day (including holidays) from 7:00&nhsp;am to 3:30 pm.
A limited number of educational tours are provided for schools and other organized groups. The topics covered by the tour are: the biology of Chinook salmon and Steelhead trout, the purpose and operations of the hatchery, and the importance of conserving river watersheds. Casual visitors may take a self-guided tour.
All trails at the hatchery are paved and wheelchair accessible.
- Dan Bacher
- California Department of Fish and Game
- The Lodi News Sentinel