Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery
Pacific Region


Photo collage of on-site recreational activities at Leavenworth NFH - Photos: USFWS
Photo collage of wildlife and on-site recreational activities at Leavenworth NFH.

Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery provides several popular on-site recreational public uses on the facility grounds. These are offered by hatchery staff:

  • Guided and Self-Guided Hatchery Tours – The hatchery is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. The hatchery is open from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. * Winter and holiday hours may vary. Self-guided tours are available during office hours. Guided tours may be arranged, at least two weeks in advance, upon request. Please call 509-548-7641 to arrange a tour.
  • Winter Wildlife Snowshoe Tours - Trained naturalists provide guided tours of the nature trail after it has been blanketed by snow starting mid-December through February, Friday - Sunday. Snowshoes are provided and the tours are free. Reservations must be made in advance. www.friendsofnwhatcheries.org
  • Icicle River Nature Trail - Our one-mile loop trail is fully accessible and offers a rare opportunity to see spawning salmon. This is a non-strenuous trail for families and nature enthusiasts.
  • Watchable Wildlife viewings - Two wildlife viewing blinds as well as several benches along the trail provide opportunities to rest and enjoy nature in action.
  • Birding - This is a birder’s paradise with frequent sightings of the American Dipper, Western Tanager, Rufous Hummingbird, and many more. An Eagle Scout project exhibits many bird nesting houses along with descriptions of a few featured species.

The recreational opportunities listed below are coordinated through the Special Use Permit system of the Department of the Interior. These uses include:

  • Summertime horseback rides (Icicle Outfitters)
  • Leavenworth Summer Theater
  • Rafting on Icicle Creek
  • Winter horse-drawn sleigh rides (Icicle Outfitters)
  • Cross Country Skiing (Leavenworth Winter Sports Club)
  • Special events:
    • Washington State Special Olympics (March)
    • Leavenworth Marathon (October)
    • Friends of Northwest Hatcheries Programs
    • Winter ski events
    • Wenatchee River Salmon Festival (September)
    • Check out fishing opportunities and regulations for Icicle Creek and other local waters at the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife website. 
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: December 31, 2014
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