Entiat National Fish Hatchery
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Around Entiat National Fish Hatchery


Fishing!! With large numbers of summer Chinook salmon returning to the Entiat River, this is the first year that there has been a summer Chinook salmon fishery on the lower Entiat River. The hatchery only starting rearing summer Chinook salmon in 2009 (more). The fishery opened July 25 and is scheduled to be open through September 30. There have been lots of reports of people catching salmon and many landowners have been happy to be able to fish in their own backyard. Be sure to check WDFW Special Fishery Rules for information about the Entiat River salmon fishing regulations.

Spawning: The hatchery will be spawning the summer Chinook salmon on Thursdays, beginning Thursday October 9.

The Salmon are back! Guess how many? Check our Returns for numbers.


The mission of Entiat National Fish Hatchery is to produce high quality salmon smolts commensurate with the production goals established by the Columbia River Fisheries Management Plan.

When Grand Coulee Dam was built on the Columbia River in the 1930s, salmon migration above the dam was brought to an abrupt halt. Due to the loss of hundreds of miles of salmon spawning habitat, the federal government built and began operating fish hatcheries to lend a helping hand to the salmon of the Columbia River system. Funded by the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) and managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), Entiat National Fish Hatchery (ENFH) is currently one of three hatcheries in the Leavenworth Fisheries Complex (LFC), located in north central Washington State. More...

How to get to the Entiat National Fish Hatchery

ENFH is located in central Washington about 24 miles north of Wenatchee in Chelan County. The station is situated six miles southwest of the City of Entiat along the Entiat River. The hatchery site is about 7 miles from the confluence of the Entiat River and the Columbia.

Directions: Just as you approach the town of Entiat on State Highway 97A, go west on to Entiat River Road. Signing is located on the highway. Travel 6 miles to Roaring Creek Road, take a left, cross the bridge and turn at the first right into the hatchery entrance. Welcome!

Visit our driving directions page to map your route using Google Maps.

Tribal Trust

The ENFH is committed to its Tribal Trust Responsibilities to Native American Tribes as described by the Indian Trust Doctrine, developed in 1973 by the US Supreme Court and mandated in Secretarial Order #3206. The doctrine describes the trust responsibility that the Federal Government has in relation to Native Americans and, in essence, a legal obligation to act in the Tribe’s best interests, including duties to protect Tribal lands, fishing and hunting rights, and cultural and natural resources

6970 Fish Hatchery Drive, Entiat, WA 98822 (509)784-1131


Last updated: September 25, 2014

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