Carson National Fish Hatchery
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14041 Wind River Highway
Carson, WA 98610
509-427-5905
Hatchery Manager - Larry Zeigenfuss

The Carson National Fish Hatchery releases more than 1.1 million spring Chinook salmon smolts (young salmon) annually. Funding for the Carson National Fish Hatchery is through Mitchell Act funds, which are administered by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

Hatchery History
The Carson National Fish Hatchery, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, began rearing salmon and trout in 1937. During the 1980s, the hatchery began rearing spring Chinook salmon exclusively. Because of the loss and degradation of spawning habitat and the impact of dams on migration, the spring Chinook was in rapid decline. Since 1960, hatchery production has helped spring Chinook populations recover in the lower Columbia River.

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visit the Fish Passage Center website.

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Carson NFH Visiting the Hatchery
Carson National Fish Hatchery is at the confluence of Tyee Creek and the Wind River, 14 miles north of the Columbia River, about 60 miles east of Vancouver, Washington. To visit the hatchery, turn north off State Route 14 at the Wind River Highway, about 3 miles east of Stevenson, WA, and continue for 14 miles to the hatchery. Visitors are welcome from 7:30 am until 4:00 pm daily. Call in advance for information about group tours and dates of hatchery activities 509-427-5905.

spring Chinook salmon release Salmon Released...
The Carson NFH will release nearly 1.2 million spring Chinook salmon smolts (juvenile salmon) into the Wind River in April 2014. This Chinook release fulfills important legal responsibilities the U.S. government has to Native American tribes under the U.S. v. Oregon Management Agreement, as well as Federal government responsibilities to mitigate for lost salmon production and spawning grounds due to the construction of hydropower projects that are part of the Federal Columbia River Power System.

Columbia River Gorge Columbia River Gorge National Fish Hatchery Complex
To capture efficiencies and achieve aquatic conservation four hatcheries were reorganized during the past year into a multi-hatchery complex.The Columbia River Gorge National Fish Hatchery Complex includes the Carson, Little White Salmon, Spring Creek and Willard National Fish Hatcheries. The new organization accomplishes the production of over 20 million spring Chinook, fall Chinook and Coho salmon through the sharing of staff and resources to meet the Service's Fisheries mitigation, restoration and tribal trust responsibilities.

fishing day Kid's Fishing Day
Come out and enjoy the 14th Annual Kid's Fishing Day on September 6, 2014. A great family event! Check out this and other special events at our Calendar of Events.

 

 




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Fisheries in the News

11/12/14 SR-11.8-pound record coho caught in Clearwater    

10/21/14 IS-Coho salmon season opens; Idaho angler lands record fish    

10/21/14 ISJ-Coho season: Making history, busting records    

10/16/14 SR- An Idaho first: Coho fishing to open on Clearwater    

10/14/14 (KGW.com) Grant's Getaways: Salmon Watch [a Service-supported outreach program]    

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Last updated: February 11, 2014

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