The mission of the Winthrop National Fish Hatchery is to produce high quality salmon smolts commensurate with the production goals established by the Columbia River Fisheries Management Plan.
The Winthrop National Fish Hatchery (WNFH) is located on the Methow River near Winthrop, Washington. Â WNFH was authorized by the Grand Coulee Fish Maintenance Project, April 3, 1937 and reauthorized by the Mitchell Act (52 Stat. 345), May 11, 1938.Â The Mitchell Act authorized the Secretary of Commerce "to establish one or more salmon cultural stations in the Columbia Basin in each of the states of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho."Â WNFH is one of three mid-Columbia stations constructed by the BOR as fish mitigation facilities for the Grand Coulee Dam, Columbia Basin Project. The Complex is funded by the Bureau of Reclamation through a reimbursable agreement, and operated and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. More...
Methow Valley Beaver Project
Watch the video below to learn more about the Methow Valley Beaver Project at the Winthrop National Fish Hatchery.
How to get to the Winthrop National Fish Hatchery
WNFH is located in Okanogan County in north central Washington. The 42 acre site lies ninety miles north of Wenatchee and sits just outside of the town of Winthrop. The Methow River flows through the northern edge of the property.
Directions: As you drive along State Highway 20 to Winthrop, look for Twin Lakes Road on the east end of town and follow the signs to the Hatchery. Come on in for a visit!
The WNFH is committed to its Tribal Trust Responsibilities to Native American Tribes as described by the Indian Trust Doctrine, developed in 1973 by the US Supreme Court and mandated in Secretarial Order #3206. The doctrine describes the trust responsibility that the Federal Government has in relation to Native Americans and, in essence, a legal obligation to act in the Tribe's best interests, including duties to protect Tribal lands, fishing and hunting rights, and cultural and natural resources.
453A Twin Lakes Road - PO Box 429, Winthrop, WA 98862, (509) 996-2424