Coleman National Fish Hatchery
California and Nevada Region

Coleman National Fish Hatchery has temporarily changed its operations in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. Coleman NFH is closed to public visitation, but continues to conduct essential fish-rearing operations. This closure follows guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities. Updates will be posted to the hatchery website and social media channels. .

Welcome to the Coleman National Fish Hatchery

Located in Northern California, the Coleman National Fish Hatchery  is located along Battle Creek, a tributary of the Sacramento River. We spawn and raise Chinook salmon and steelhead trout;  each year we produce over 13 million juvenile fish.

Return of Salmon Festival

The 2020 Return of the Salmon Festival will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.   Please mark your calendars and join us for the 28th annual Return of the Salmon Festival.

Primary Species

The primary species we produce are Chinook salmon and steelhead. After being released from the hatchery the fish migrate downstream in the Sacramento River to the Pacific Ocean and then, after 1-3 years, return to the hatchery to spawn.

Recreation and Education

The hatchery is open for self guided tours daily from 7:30 a.m. to dusk, find a map here. Please visit our Hatchery Happenings page for more information on the recreation, education and events that are happening at the Coleman National Fish Hatchery.

Check out our Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date news and information about the hatchery:

Also please don't hesitate to contact us for more information

Coleman National Fish Hatchery
24411 Coleman Fish Hatchery Road
Anderson, California 96007
Phone: (530) 365-8622
Fax: (530) 365-0913

The Coleman National Fish Hatchery facilities with Mount Lassen in the Background

Overview of the Coleman National Fish Hatchery
Source: USFWS

Eggs used in the production of Fish

Eggs used in the production of Fish
Source: US Army Corps of Engineers

Juvenile Chinook Salmon

Juvenile Chinook Salmon
Source: USFWS


Last updated: March 25, 2020