Photos of visitors feeding fish, Icicle Creek nature trail and visitors enjoying the view at Leavenworth NFH.
Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery (LNFH), located along beautiful Icicle Creek, is a spectacular location to picnic, observe wildlife, learn about the salmon life cycle, and enjoy a nature walk. The public visitor center is open year-round. The Hatchery hosts a variety of outdoor recreational activities throughout the year and is the home for the Cascade Discovery High School. Activities include hatchery tours, Wenatchee River Salmon Festival and many special events, horseback rides, winter snowshoe tours, cross country skiing, fish viewing, and outdoor summer theater.
Visiting the LNFH makes for an informative, edu-taining, and meaningful experience for all ages. Below are some ideas to help you plan your trip.
Tour of the Hatchery
Visitors are always welcome to tour our beautiful hatchery in the north Cascade Mountains.
Our visitor center hours are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday and 8:00 am to 2:30 pm Saturday and Sunday. * Winter and holiday hours may vary. The hatchery is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. Tours to the public are self-guided. You are invited to talk to our hatchery staff, learn about fish species raised, and see thousands of young salmon in raceways and ponds. The hatchery grounds are always open, park outside the main entry gate and feel free to walk the grounds and access the nature trail.
We are pleased to offer guided tours for larger groups who call at least two weeks in advance. Please call 509-548-7641 or email us with your request. Please include a date, time, number of people expected, and general age of participants (for example: 5th grade, family reunion, college biology students, retirement facility, etc.) Tours are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.
Pets must be on a leash.
Take a Nature Walk and Observe Wildlife
The Icicle Creek Nature Trail is a one-mile loop trail that is fully accessible and offers a rare opportunity to see fish and wildlife in their natural environment. This trail is part of the national trails organization. It is an enjoyable non-strenuous walk for families and nature enthusiasts. It is part of the nationally recognized "Watchable Wildlife" site program equipped with two wildlife viewing platforms, resting benches, interpretive signing, and birding opportunities. You may also learn about the history of the hatchery by following a self-guided tour brochure, which is available in Spanish.
See our Recreation page for more ideas.
Link up on the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce for more information.