Entiat National Fish Hatchery
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Entiat Hatchery Tours

It’s never too early to schedule an Entiat Hatchery tour. Tours are available Monday – Friday between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm each day. Scheduling ahead provides hatchery staff time to plan and customize a special tour just for your school, organization, business, or community group. It’s a great way for us to connect you with nature! 

Tours include a walk in the visitor center and hatchery nursery providing several opportunities to view salmon. Also included, is a beautiful stroll on the scenic Red Willow Trail which follows the Entiat River where you can observe wildlife and enjoy the smell and sounds of nature at its best. Bring a picnic and relax by the hatchery’s Brock Pond or newly developed fishing pond and wetland area. Call 509-784-1131 for more information.

Hatchery happenings May 2012

The Entiat National Fish Hatchery had an exciting April, releasing over 170,000 summer Chinook salmon smolts during the evening hours of April 17th. This was the second year that smolts from the new summer Chinook program --started at the hatchery--were released with a significant number of adult summer Chinook expected to return to the Entiat River in the summer of 2015. The hatchery will rear over 375,000 fry until next April’s release, with an annual program goal of roughly, 400,000 smolts to be released each year thereafter.

The Entiat NFH Go Outdoors! Youth Crew plans to get to work on habitat restoration, nature trail reconstruction, and interpretive signing for the Red Willow Trail on the grounds of the hatchery beginning this summer. The Hatchery received national grant frunding through the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the America's Great Outdoors program financing the high school youth crew, made up of local Entiat students. Their work will rehabilitate the Red Willow Trail enabling visitors to walk, view wildlife and enjoy outdoor learning experiences on a semi-permanent, safe, and well groomed trail. The youth crew will also lend a hand restoring the adjoining wetlands and the newly created natural Kids Fishing Pond.

Finally, the hatchery staff welcomed new assistant manager Josh Homer, his wife Hillary, and their three children to Entiat in November of last year. Direct from Sitka, Alaska, Josh contributes a wealth of fisheries knowledge and experience to the hatchery and he’s excited to finally enjoy a truly hot hot summer!


New Kid's Fishing Pond

A new Kid’s Fishing Pond was designed and constructed by USFWS personnel along with other natural resource professionals and local volunteers.  These combined efforts resulted in a 0.3 acre earthen-lined pond that was stocked with some 1,800 triploid rainbow trout in May of 2011.  The first annual event on our newly constructed Kid’s Fishing Pond was held in June 2011 with some 300 children and adults in attendance.  Thanks to the gracious help of our volunteers, the weather, and the cooperative 300 or so fish that were harvested from the pond, it was an exciting morning for all involved.  This year’s event, which will be held on June 9th, promises to be even more exciting with the substantial growth that we’ve been able to attain with the planted trout.  Please come join us!     


Current Projects

Entiat National Fish Hatchery Review

Red Willow Trail

Entiat National Fish Hatchery Review

Biologist sampling fish - Photo: USFWS
Biologist sampling fish.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) proactively initiated a series of hatchery reviews in May 2005 to assure that its 21 hatchery programs are part of a holistic and integrated strategy—consistent with State, Tribal, and Federal strategies—for conserving wild stocks and managing fisheries in watersheds within the Columbia River Basin. These reviews were tailored after a successful process recently implemented in Puget Sound and Coastal Washington watersheds.

The team completed their review of the Entiat National Fish Hatchery (NFH) program in April 2007. The Hatchery Review Team, comprised of Service and other federal scientists (NOAA & USGS) conducted field tours with hatchery managers and their staffs, reviewed hatchery operations, and met the co-managing agencies and tribes to get a clear understanding of the goals for and status of each wild and hatchery population and their associated habitat and management strategies. Following these field visits, the team put together recommendations for each hatchery which were then documented in the Pacific Region Hatchery Review Team Report.  See the Entiat National Fish Hatchery section in the Leavenworth Complex Review Final Report.

Both NOAA Fisheries, the federal agency responsible for salmon recovery and the Service’s Hatchery Review team concluded that the Entiat NFH produced spring Chinook salmon which posed an unnecessary risk to the listed spring Chinook stocks. At the same time, this hatchery stock has provided little benefit to sport fishing anglers in the local Entiat River area. To eliminate the risk to listed spring Chinook salmon stocks, the Entiat NFH spring Chinook salmon program has been phased out. Transitioning to a coho program to support coho restoration in the Upper Columbia Basin is being evaluated closely along with other possible alternative programs in a way that minimizes adverse impacts to local stocks.

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Red Willow Trail

The Entiat National Fish Hatchery has worked closely with the Washington State 4-H Ecostewardship Summer Program during the past few years to design and construct the Red Willow Trail along the Entiat River. The students continue to maintain and extend the trail to create a loop walk that can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities. Working with hatchery staff and other partners, these students are creating a unique experience with nature. Bring your family for wildlife viewing and an enjoyable walk.

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Red Willow River Walk Trail located at Entiat National Fish Hatchery - Photo: USFWS
Red Willow River Walk Trail at Entiat NFH.


Chinook Salmon - Photo: USFWS
Chinook Salmon
Coho Salmon - Photo: NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Coho Salmon
NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Rainbow Trout - Photo: USFWS
Rainbow Trout
Pacific Lamprey - Photo: USFWS
Pacific Lamprey
Bull Trout - Photo: USFWS
Bull Trout
Aquatic Invasive Species Zebra Mussels - Photo: USGS
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Zebra Mussels

Last updated: March 25, 2013

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