Castalia State Fish Hatchery

The Castalia Fish Hatchery has been in operation since 1870 in one form or another. Because it is located directly over a subterranean stream (known collectively in the area as the "Blue Hole" shown above) the water has been ideal as a cold water fish hatchery and has been owned by various groups and individuals over the years. In 1997, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife purchased  the 90 acre hatchery for $1.35 million and re-named it the Castalia State Fish Hatchery. This is the sixth state owned fishery and the first in North-central Ohio area and the only one that allows for the reproduction of  cold water fish. The 50.5 degree water provided by the area aquifer is ideal for raising rainbow/steelhead trout and it provides stock for many cold water streams in Ohio. The hatchery is open to the public Monday thru Friday from 8am to 3pm. This is a beautiful location, well worth a visit. It also has a new covered picnic area that was recently added and plenty of walking, area around the cold creek road all the way back to the blue hole (one of several in the Castalia area) which is next to the hatchery itself. 

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Entrance Drive into the Castalia State Fish Hatchery

 

 

 

Castalia State Fish Hatchery Page Updated: 06/24/2010

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