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    spring Chinook salmon

    The Columbia River Gorge National Fish Hatchery Complex includes the Carson, Eagle Creek, Little White Salmon, Spring Creek and Willard National Fish Hatcheries. Complex hatcheries propagate and release or transfer to partners over 22.5 million salmon and steelhead to meet the Service's Fisheries mitigation, restoration, and tribal trust responsibilities.

Carson National Fish Hatchery

coho salmonThe hatchery releases more than 1.1 million spring Chinook salmon smolts (young salmon) annually. Since 1960, hatchery production has helped spring Chinook populations recover in the lower Columbia River. Visit the hatchery.

Little White Salmon NFH

coho salmonThe Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery was a pioneer in the fledgling science of salmon propagation when it began rearing salmon in 1896. Today, more than 9.4 million young salmon are released into the river or transferred to other sites for release each year.

Warm Springs NFH

coho salmonThe hatchery is operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on lands leased from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. The Confederated Tribes have sole management responsibility for fishery resources on the Reservation. The hatchery is managed in cooperation with the Confederated Tribes.

Eagle Creek National Fish Hatchery

coho salmonThe hatchery raises 1.5 million coho salmon annually. Some are release on site, while others are transferred to the Yakama Nation and the Nez Perce Tribe to support coho restoration projects in their watersheds.

Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery

coho salmonSpring Creek National Fish Hatchery raises more than 10.5 million Tule Fall Chinook salmon annually. The hatchery uses water from several springs located at the base of the adjacent basalt cliffs, recycling water through a unique, oyster shell filtration system to conserve water and reduce pollution.

Willard National Fish Hatchery

coho salmonThe hatchery is operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on lands leased from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. The Confederated Tribes have sole management responsibility for fishery resources on the Reservation. The hatchery is managed in cooperation with the Confederated Tribes.

Last Updated: December 12, 2018
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