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Alchesay National Fish Hatchery
Alchesay National Fish Hatchery is located in the picturesque canyon of the North Fork of the White River on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation at an elevation of 5,400 feet. Self guided tours of the hatchery are offered.
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Williams Creek National Fish Hatchery
Description: One of the largest natural springs in Arizona, Williams Creek Spring provides the water supply for this national fish hatchery, the only hatchery in the world that produces the rare Apache trout. Guided tours of the fish hatchery and Apache trout culture facilities are available by appointment. Visitors to the hatchery travel through the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.

Wildlife to Watch: An abundance of bird life can be seen in and around the observation deck, which overlooks ponds and wetlands. Bald eagle (during winter months), osprey, great blue heron, and a wide variety of waterfowl can reliably be seen here throughout the year. Other birds can include the American dipper, Lewis’s woodpecker, and rufous hummingbird.

Special Tips: When traveling through Native American lands, observe tribal regulations.

Other Activities: A ¼ mile gravel nature trail leads to an observation deck and offers a self-guided tour of local plants identified by interpretive signs.

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: 90 acres 
Closest Town: Pinetop/Lakeside

Facilities:
RestroomsParkingTrailer CampingDrinking Water

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
SpringSummerFallWinter

American Dipper - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
Travel east from Pinetop/Lakeside on State Hwy. 260 for 2 miles to the Hon Dah junction. Turn south on State Hwy. 73, go 4.1 miles to the Williams Creek NFH Road. Turn east and follow the signs 8 miles to the hatchery.

For more information call 928-334-2346.

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Williams Creek National Fish Hatchery : Wildlife Viewing Area