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We have six National Fish Hatcheries in Washington and Oregon


We welcome visitors at all of our sites!

  • Carson National Fish Hatchery

    Carson NFH Visit Carson National Fish Hatchery is located in the heart of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, approximately 60 miles east of Portland, Oregon, in Washington State. Visitors to the hatchery are encouraged to take their time when visiting the hatchery. Visitors are free to tour the facility and meet the hatchery staff.
    Tour groups of all sizes are welcome at any time; large groups are encouraged to schedule a visit by calling the hatchery office (509) 427-5905.
    We are open to the public 7:30 am - 4:00 pm daily.Driving directions to the hatchery(Map)
  • Eagle Creek National Fish Hatchery


    Visitors are welcome all year. 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. 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 is open 7:30 am -- 4:00 pm Monday through Friday during winter, 6:30 am -- 3:00 pm all other seasons.
    Driving directions to the hatchery(Map)

  • Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery


    As the weather warms up and wildflowers brighten the Gorge, spring Chinook salmon return up the Columbia River, swimming up the Little White Salmon River through Drano Lake to the Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery. Spring Chinook salmon continue to enter the Hatchery fish ladder during the summer and are held in large tanks until spawning begins in August. These salmon can be viewed in an underground viewing room. A nearby viewing platform offers a nice venue to see wild and hatchery salmon in the Little White Salmon River. Upriver Bright fall Chinook salmon begin returning to the Little White Salmon NFH in mid-October. They can be seen from the viewing deck at the Hatchery and also in the underground holding tank viewing room in the Visitor's Center. These salmon will be spawned from late-October through mid-November.
    We are open 7:30 am -- 3:30 pm daily.Driving directions to the hatchery(Map)

  • Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery


    As the summer ends in late August and early September, tule fall Chinook salmon begin returning to Spring Creek Hatchery. Visitors can pick up a brochure at the parking area and take a self-guided tour through the hatchery or arrange group tours in advance. Each September Spring Creek holds an Open House during which visitors can take hatchery tours, watch adult salmon being spawned in the state-of-the-art spawning facility, enjoy refreshments, and have fun with special activities for children. Call the hatchery at 509-493-1730 for exact date and details.
    We are open 7:30 am -- 4:00 pm Monday -- Friday.Driving directions to the hatchery(Map).

  • Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery

    Warm Springs NFH Tour

    Salmon rearing begins with adult spring Chinook returning upstream from April through August. Spawning begins in August and continues weekly through September. In December and January fry are transferred to nursery tanks. By March, fry develop into fingerlings and are put into the outdoor raceways after being acclimated to cooler outside temperatures. In April and May, hatchery fingerlings are tagged with a coded wire tag in the snout and an adipose fin clip to distinguish them from wild fish.
    We are open 6:30 a.m..-3 p.m. daily.Driving directions to the hatchery(Map)

  • Willard National Fish Hatchery


    The best time to visit the Willard Unit is late spring through early fall; fingerling fish are present year round. Activities include enjoying the mountain canyon scenery, picnicking, viewing salmon, and self-guided hatchery tours.For guided group tours, please call for advance reservations.
    We are open 7:30 am -- 3:30 pm dailyDriving directions to the hatchery(Map)

Last Updated: August 8, 2018
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