Woman dressed warmly in camouflage and standing in marsh reeds aims a shotgun into the air


Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery, along the Columbia River and White Salmon River in Underwood, Washington, was established in 1901. The hatchery annually releases 10.4 million Tule Fall Chinook salmon to fulfill tribal trust responsibilities and support the commercial and recreational salmon harvest in British Columbia, along the Washington Coast, and in the Columbia River. The Big White Ponds Area, approximately 50 acres along the White Salmon River one-and-a-quarter miles from hatchery, is open to hunting of bear, bobcat, crow, black-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, grouse, partridge, porcupine and wild turkey as outlined on the state of Washington hunting seasons and regulations webpage. Where allowed, hunting on hatchery lands follows the season dates and bag limits outlined in the state’s regulations. This consistency helps reduce confusion when hunters participate in hunting activities on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands. Hatchery property on the Columbia River, which includes hatchery buildings and the visitor center, is closed to hunting.