Facility Activities


Willard National Fish Hatchery is on the Little White Salmon River approximately five miles upstream from Drano Lake. Anglers may fish for resident cutthroat and rainbow trout along approximately 600 feet of hatchery-owned shoreline on the river’s northwest bank, which is southeast of the...


The hatchery itself is a nice quiet place for a picnic, but we are also located very near to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, which has countless places for the perfect picnic!


The hatchery is located near the picturesque Gifford Pinchot National Forest, which offers an array of recreation opportunities. 

Wildlife Watching

Keep your eyes open as you drive to the hatchery, the road is surrounded by forests and you never know when you'll spot wildlife, big or small. 

Fish Viewing

Willard is a rearing facility, so fish viewing is our specialty! We don't have adults on station, but we have over a million coho and fall Chinook salmon at various life stages in our raceways just waiting to be looked at. Stop in and ask us questions, we love talking to visitors.

Education Programs

Please contact our Information and Education Office at (509) 493-2934 with questions about our Education Program opportunities, or to schedule a hatchery visit!


The mixed Douglas fir forest type offers bird watchers many opportunities for viewing around the hatchery. Take a look around and keep your eyes open!