Visitors are welcome all year. The hatchery is open between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday during winter, with summer hours being 6:30 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. Adult coho salmon return during October and November. Adult winter steelhead return from January through March. On selective days, during the return months, visitors can watch the fish being spawned. Please call the hatchery to verify the current spawning schedule if you are interested in seeing this activity. Group tours are available if scheduled in advance. The hatchery contact number is 503-630-6270 ext 201.
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The staff at Eagle Creek is willing to answer questions and provide tours as we have time available. If you or your group would like a tour of the facility, please call ahead to schedule this so that we can adjust plans accordingly and make time in the daily project list to be able to show you around and answer questions in more depth. The hatchery number is (503) 630-6270, ext 201.
As the sun re-enters the Eagle Creek valley, the coho salmon smolts begin their downstream migration to the ocean. As the smolts leave the hatchery, ospreys, mergansers, kingfishers and herons can be seen foraging in the creek and bald eagles fly overhead and perch in the trees. At the same time, young of the year coho begin their freshwater life cycle feeding in the outside raceways.
Coho salmon fry are fin-clipped and tagged and distributed to even populations in the raceways for the remainder of their stay at the hatchery. As with most young animals, they have a voracious appetite and grow rapidly at this time. The hatchery staff watches conditions carefully to make best use of available water during the low flow summer months.
In October and November coho salmon return from the ocean to spawn at the hatchery. Adult handling, spawning and incubation operations can be observed during weekdays. Wednesday is our usual target day for spawning. Please call ahead to the hatchery at (503)630-6270 ext 201 to confirm the schedule if you would like to come and observe this activity. Adult coho can be seen in Eagle Creek and ascending the fish ladder into the adult holding pond.
Coho eggs are incubating in the hatchery stacks. Eggs will be picked and inventoried once they eye up, and then will be put back in the stacks for hatching and development into swim-up fry. Once their yolk supply is used up and they are ready to emerge, they are moved to outdoor raceways and we begin feeding and care.