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Salisbury Fish Culture Station

Salisbury Fish Culture Station

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646 Lake Dunmore Road, Salisbury, VT 05769 

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Visitor Hours: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, daily

Scheduling a large group or school tour? Please call (802) 352-4371


Visitor Center: No

Public facilities: Yes

About the FCS

The Salisbury Fish Culture Station is Vermont’s broodstock station, mating male and female fish to produce approximately five million trout eggs annually for the other state fish hatcheries. The facility is located seven miles south of Middlebury, Vermont on Route 53, not far from Lake Dunmore.

The facility uses light-controlled rooms to fool the fish into spawning earlier in the year than normal. This gives the other hatcheries more time to grow the fish, resulting in larger fish and improved survival when stocked.

Because Salisbury is the broodstock station, it is home to the biggest fish of the hatchery program. So if you want to see some monster fish up close, this is the place to visit!


  • Began raising fish in 1931 and is one of Vermont’s historic hatcheries listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.
  • Vermont’s “broodstock station,” producing approximately nine million trout eggs annually for other state and federal fish hatcheries.
  • Raises and spawns five different trout species for Vermont’s lake and streams.
  • Rears and maintains the oldest and largest fish of the hatchery program.

Fish Reared