Location: Southern Washoe County, Galena Creek, South Truckee Meadows
Directions: Within Galena Creek Regional Park at the entrance to Galena Creek Fish Hatchery
(Access from Mt. Rose Highway (SR 431), 8 miles west of US 395)
Marker type: Metal
Date Conquered: 3/30/08
Quick Description: A marker representing a driven conservation of Nevada's wild places.
Signed: No -- This marker is one of the newest additions to the marker system (added as of 2008.)
Unfortunately, no signs were ever erected.
| On route to capturing , one of Nevada's newest historic markers. |
NOTES: There are two entrances to Galena Creek Park. To access this hidden historic plaque, you must take the south entrance into the park, signed for "Galena Creek South Entrance." From the highway, weave through the one way entrance heading straight (and uphill) for "Marilyn's Pond" and "Wee Chee Camp."  Galena Creek Fish Hatchery is located on the side of the fish hatchery overlooking Marilyn's Pond. A word of caution: when you're weaving your way up to the hatchery, expect plenty of hikers and pedestrians and always obey the 10MPH speed limit. This park is heavily-used! One last word of note: this is a seasonal-only marker. Galena Creek Park is closed from November through March.
Exact description as reads ...
The Galena Creek Fish Hatchery represents an attempt to make amends after Nevada's Comstock Lode ravaged the region's ecosystem in the 1860's and 70s. Fishing decimated local streams and lakes to feed a growing population. Eventually, restocking became an important goal.
Washoe County operated this hatchery from 1931 to 1949 as an auxiliary to their main facility on the Truckee River in Reno. Galena Creek was ideal because of the continuous supply of uncontaminated water. The hatchery reflects a trend, beginning in the 1920's, to combine habitat conservation and recreational development.
The county ceased hatchery operations in 1949. After that, the Boy Scouts, the Sierra Sage Council of Camp Fire, Inc., and the Washoe Bowmen and Sierra Archers used the site. In 1994, Washoe County reacquired the property as part of Galena Creek Regional Park with plans to restore the building for community use.
| Here is another seasonal-only marker! Galena Creek Park is closed from November through March, so do not expect to access this marker in the winter. Fortunately for this conquering, the park had opened on the last day of March, and we were able to hike up to the hatchery from the lower park entrance. Sometimes wading through two feet of snow is well worth it!