Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery
Pacific Region

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Winter Activities

We keep moving during the winter and with many partners provide free Winter Life Snowshoe Tours, help host Washington State Special Olympics nordic events on the hatchery grounds. The Leavenworth Winter Sports Club has a Special Use Permit for nordic skiing on the hatchery grounds. To read more about these winter activities at Leavenworth NFH, read this Faces of Nature blog.

Leavenworth Hatchery Tours

Schedule a Leavenworth Hatchery guided tour for this spring and summer. Tours are available Monday – Friday between 9 am to 4 pm each day. Scheduling ahead provides hatchery educators and interpreters 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 Icicle Creek Nature Trail where you can observe wildlife, enjoy the smell and sounds of nature at its best. Bring a picnic and relax in Hatchery Park. Call 509-548-7641 for more information.

Spawning of Pacific Lamprey

On June 18, 2013 our biologists spawned two of our adult Pacific Lamprey. Have a look at the video below to see how they squeeze the eggs out of the female Lamprey.

Chinook Salmon Transferred to Chief Joseph Hatchery for Grand Opening

In July 2013 we transferred some of our spring Chinook salmon to the Chief Joseph Hatchery. The hatchery had its grand opening on July 20, 2013. Watch the following video for a look at part of the process.


Spring Chinook Salmon Fishery in Icicle Creek

Click here for WDFW Emergency Rules for spring Chinook salmon in Icicle Creek

Reclamation Awards $150,000 Contract for Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery

Handicap Fishing Platform Upgraded by local Eagle Scout

Handicap Fishing Platform Upgraded by Eagle Scout
Steps to handicap fishing platform completed by Eagle Scout.

Clark Dice, a Scout from Troop 83, Eagle Scout project was to upgrade the handicap fishing platform on Icicle Creek in 2011. Priority is still given to handicap anglers, but anyone is welcome to utilize the platform for the purpose of fishing during the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife designated spring Chinook salmon season.

Remodel project completed

equipment pulling up the old concrete sidewalks

Equipment pulling up old concrete sidewalks

Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery replaced old sidewalks, paved road, and updated other concrete work throughout the grounds.

Pollution Abatement Pond Completed

Second Pollution Abatement Pond
2nd Pollution Abatement Pond.

Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery has a new pond and a few newly paved areas. You can read about the contract awarded by visiting here.


Going Green

The Leavenworth Fisheries Complex (LFC) is concerned about the changing climate. The effects of these changes are significant and have prompted us to re-think the way we operate. It is our desire to make more than the minimally required effort where climate change is concerned.

In an attempt to reduce our carbon footprint, we have created a team of Hatchery employees who are volunteering to research and think creatively about ways to make changes, large and small, with the goal of becoming more sustainable. The group, known as the Green Team, will develop ideas and create plans to share with staff for implementation. If you have ideas to share with the us, please give us a call or email to this website. We welcome your thoughts and suggestions. We will provide you with green tips. These tips may be simple ideas to implement at your home or it may be a link to a great resource. Working together, we can help make a difference.

Staying Green

The Leavenworth NFH staff continues to achieve making hatchery operations energy efficient and environmentally sensitive. The facility sits in the heart of the Cascade Mountains surrounded by abundant natural resources. It is imperative that we preserve and protect the natural landscape.

Several steps have been made to ensure we are meeting our conservation goals in our daily hatchery operations and in the public visitation and education programs we provide. These include such activities as:

  • Energy efficient motors installed on hatchery wells
  • Aggressive recycling of paper, plastics (including plastic fish food bags), glass, and metals
  • Replacement of gas vehicles with two hybrid models
  • Use of electric carts for transportation of visitors and work equipment
  • Use of bicycles for staff to travel on grounds instead of using gas-powered trucks
  • Minimization of office energy consumption
  • Installing hatchery offices with green light fixtures and energy efficient bulbs
  • Teaching energy awareness in Information and Education programs
  • Installing solar power to the Cascade Discovery High School  located on hatchery grounds
  • Eliminating pesticides to control invasive plants by taking an integrated approach to weed control including use of goats, hand-pulling, and mowing

Goats eating weeds at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery - Photo: USFWS
Goats eating weeds at Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery.

The Leavenworth NFH was the second National Fish Hatchery to be awarded a national Environmental Management Award. We will continue to make efforts to conserve energy and work toward reducing our overall global footprint.

Green Tips

Use less gas:

  • Use public transportation, walk, bike, or consolodate trips.
  • Increase fuel efficiency.
    Select more fuel efficient vehicles, keep tires inflated, drive at steady speeds and avoid quick accelerations and decelerations.
  • Turn off your idling engines.
    Idling just 10 seconds wastes more gas than restarting engine, Frequent restarts are no longer hard on a car's engine and battery. Warm up engine and interior by driving, not idling. Today's electronic engines do not need to warm up, even in winter.

Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Review

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) 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.

The team completed their review of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery program in April 2007. The Hatchery Review Team, comprised of FWS 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 Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery section in the Leavenworth Complex Review Final Report.

Chinook Salmon - Photo: USFWS
Chinook Salmon
Coho Salmon- Photo: NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Coho Salmon
NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Steelhead Trout - Photo: USFWS
Steelhead Trout
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 7, 2014
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