Crystal Lake Hatchery is operated by SSRAA under contract to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Sport Fish Division. Funding provided by the State covers production costs associated with programs that are targeted primarily for sport harvest. The hatchery is located 17.5 miles south of Petersburg just off Mitkof Highway near the Crystal Lake hydroelectric plant which provides water for the facility after power production. Crystal Lake does not have a Hatchery Permit because permits are not required for State facilities. The Statewide Stocking Plan provides the legal authority for releases originating at Crystal Lake.
Returning adults are harvested in common property fisheries by all user groups and provide broodstock for Crystal Lake.