The mission of the Complex is to produce high quality spring Chinook salmon and summer steelhead smolts commensurate with the production goals established by the Columbia River Fisheries Management Plan.
The Leavenworth Fisheries Complex (LFC) encompasses Leavenworth, Entiat, and Winthrop National Fish Hatcheries, as well as the Mid-Columbia River Fisheries Resource Office (FRO). The administrative headquarters for this Complex is located at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery (LNFH). Staff can be reached by calling (509) 548-7641. The site you are now visiting features information for the Complex and focuses on operations and activities of the Leavenworth NFH, specifically. You can also visit us on Facebook!
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 (FWS), Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery (LNFH) is located in north central Washington State. More...
How to get to Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery
1. Main entry off Icicle Road: Travel to the west end of Leavenworth on US Highway 2, and turn south onto Icicle Road, drive about two miles to just past East Leavenworth Road, Follow the brown hatchery signs that take you left down Fish Hatchery Road, past Hatchery Park and into the main parking lot and Visitor Center area. Welcome!
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2. East Leavenworth entry for event parking and boat ramp: To enter the Hatchery and park your vehicle for the Salmon Festival, Leavenworth Summer Theater, Sleigh Rides, and to access the boat ramp - take Icicle Road for just under two miles and turn left on East Leavenworth Road or take E. Leavenworth Road from Hwy 2. Less than 1/4 mile from Icicle Road look for the signs for this entrance. Drive in on the pavement towards the hatchery to access parking, continue on the road to the boat ramp (note the access gate is locked during low flows and the river can be accessed by walking in to the boat ramp using the dirt road close to the river).
The Federal Government has fiduciary obligations to the Tribes - in essence, a legal obligation to act in the Tribe's best interests, including duties to protect Tribal lands and cultural and natural resources. More...
12790 Fish Hatchery Road, Leavenworth, WA 98826 (509) 548-7641