In Great Falls, Montana, located right next to the Roe River in Giant Springs State Park, is Fish Wildlife and Park Trout Fish Hatchery.

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Sadly, in wanting to share my great memories the Giant Springs Trout Hatchery, I found that there is little to nothing on the internet to tell you about it.  Even on the FWP website. But I did find an informative write up on

The Giant Springs Trout Hatchery in Great Falls was built in 1928 and had a facelift in 1984.  The remodel took away all but one of the round trout pools I remember growing up, and replaced them with raceways. The water supply for the hatchery is one of the largest in America,  650 to 700 gallons of water per minute flow to the hatchery from Giant Springs, and in the outside raceways, that amps up to 15,000 gallons of water per minute.

You can give yourself a tour of the facility, and you can call to take a guided tour.

The coolest thing you can do at our hatchery is feed the fish.  When I was a kid, we went to feed the fish quite a bit.  Mom and dad would load my brother and me up with a buck or 2 in nickels, and cut us loose.  As a kid, it's really exciting to throw the food in the trout pond and watch the feeding frenzy ensue.  Now, that handful of fish food will cost you a quarter, but the absolute thrill of the frenzy is still there.  It's something I highly recommend, especially for the littles in your life.

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Giant Springs Trout Fish Hatchery

Giant Springs Trout Fish Hatchery

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