Prairie Creek Fish Hatchery

Milepost 124.83 on US 101, N of Orick, Orick, California


Prairie Creek Fish Hatchery

Hatchery complex looking northwest by 295 degrees.

Photo from the Historic American Engineering Record

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Street View 


The Prairie Creek Fish Hatchery (PCFH) is representative of the nature of pre-World War II functions of hatcheries in California and illustrative of significant changes in hatchery goals and infrastructure in postwar years. Although built in the 1930s, it has more in common with 19th century hatchery facilities than it does with those built after 1946. Attributes it shared with earlier hatcheries were its small size, localized region of release, design to hatch and release fingerlings, purpose to stock streams rather than mitigate dam construction, provision of housing for workers, dependence on simple technology with minimal need for power, and funding through fishing licenses and related fees. Its period of significance is 1936-1946. Prairie Creek Fish Hatchery is significant as one of only three fish hatcheries known to both survive among the 150 hatcheries built in California from 1871 to 1946 and to still possess integrity. PCFH was among the last built before a major state program of modernization and mechanization begun in 1947. -- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER CA-334)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 4, 2000
Reference number
Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival
Areas of significance
Conservation; Entertainment/Recreation
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic function
Fishing facility or site
Period of significance
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 5
Contributing structures: 7
Non-contributing structures: 6

Update Log 

  • October 24, 2016: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger