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  • A Place for Pollinators

    pollinator garden

    The hatchery has taken on improving habitat for pollinators! New areas have been created and old gardens replanted with native plants that attract and enhance natural pollinators. Take a look!

  • What We Do...

    Coho Salmon

    Eagle Creek produces 1.5 million Coho salmon annually. 350,000 are released on site, 550,000 are transferred to the Nez Perce Tribe and 500,000 are transferred to the Yakama Nation to support Coho restoration projects in their watersheds.

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What's Hatchin'?

Next up in the Salmon Life Cycle is picking and counting the eggs that were spawned in early November.  Once we can clearly see the eyes, they are strong enough to be handled and we will go through them to sort out the dead ones, count the live ones and organize them into groups for ponding in the raceways.  Egg picking and counting will be taking place between mid-December through mid-January, depending on the water temperatures (the colder the water is, the slower the eggs develop).  Soon after sorting, the eggs will hatch, at which time the are again fragile and should not be handled.  They will stay in the incubator trays until they've used up all of the yolk and gotten as big and strong as they can on that food source.  In the wild, once the yolk is used up the fry would emerge from the gravel in the river bed and start looking for food - and in the hatchery, this is the time we will transfer them to the raceways and start feeding them.  Usually late January through late March, again depending on the water temperatures.

Recent Fish Returns

As of November 20, 2018, 3,719 adult coho salmon have returned to Eagle Creek National Fish Hatchery .
As of September 11, 2018, 0 adult winter steelhead have returned to Eagle Creek National Fish Hatchery .
Last Updated: December 14, 2018
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