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Pueblo Hatchery Host


The Pueblo State Fish Hatchery is the only cold and warm water facility in Colorado. We raise fry, fingerlings, and catchables of rainbow trout. We also raise crappie, bluegills, largemouth bass, brown trout, saugeye, wiper, and walleye. The hatchery was built by the Federal Bureau of Reclamation, but Colorado Parks & Wildlife is responsible for its operation and maintenance. The hatchery grounds sit on 80 acres and consists of the main hatchery building, various maintenance shops, 16 one-acre ponds, 16 half-acre ponds and 32 concrete raceways. Volunteer host responsibilities include: leading tours, assisting with landscaping, doing maintenance, and feeding fish. Tours can be scheduled around hosts' availability. Site elevation is 4,800 ft. Pets are permitted at campsite in Lake Pueblo State Park, but no pets are allowed at the hatchery. Amenities: The hatchery doesn't currently have a site to camp with utility hookups. Your campsite would be located in the adjacent Lake Pueblo State Park, a premier destination for mountain biking, fishing, water sports, and wildlife viewing. Camp host sites with sewage connections are limited. Availability of one of these sites is being determined.

Time Commitment:

March 1 - September 30 (can be broken into two segments) Minimum stay: 2-3 months 20 hours per week per person

Volunteer Benefits:

Gain experience working at a hatchery. Great opportunity to give back and be apart of enhancing and conserving Colorado's fisheries. Work with CPW staff members who are passionate about wildlife. Explore recreation opportunities in the Pueblo area.

Maintenance and Construction - Grounds/Facility Maintenance, Customer Service - Customer Service/Visitor Information, General - Ongoing Volunteering, Maintenance and Construction - Landscaping, Wildlife - Fish Hatchery Assistance, Volunteer Hosts - Hatchery Host, Customer Service - Greet and Orient Visitors
Pueblo Hatchery

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

Questions? Contact Quentin Springer
(719) 561-5355