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Although most hatchery lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you Recreate Responsibly.

  • • Check local conditions on this website and called for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • • The CDC recommends all individuals wear a mask indoors in public in areas of substantial or high transmission. Recognizing that most of the United States is currently in substantial or high transmission categories and to best protect visitors and our staff, we've implemented a nationwide mask requirement. Masks are now required inside all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service buildings, regardless of vaccination status or location. All people, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask on all forms of public transportation and in healthcare settings on DOI lands.
  • • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.

  • Eagle Creek National Fish Hatchery is closed to the public. Please call 503-630-6270 for information.


  • A Place for Pollinators

    pollinator garden

    The hatchery has taken on improving habitat for pollinators! Most recently we have added several new Dogwood trees in memory of Gale Varner, a long time hatchery volunteer.

  • 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.

  • Salmon Released...

    Eagle Creek

    Late in March of 2021 we released approximately 350,000 Coho smolts into Eagle Creek. 

  • Invasive Zebra Mussels Found in Aquarium Supplies

    zebra mussel

    ALERT! Invasive zebra mussels were recently found in "moss balls,” an aquarium plant sold at aquarium and pet supply stores. 
    DO NOT DUMP THEM! Follow these Disposal Instructions to keep our waterways safe.

what's happening at the hatchery

What's Hatchin'?

Please recreate responsibly, maintain social distance, and wear a mask!

The Coho fry are doing their usual thing for this time of year and stage of their life cycles – hanging out in fresh water, hiding from predators and looking for food.  The hiding from predators isn’t so much of a challenge as they are in raceways protected by bird netting and covered by shade cloth, but they still spook a bit when the crew walks the catwalks to feed them.  It’s good practice for the bears they may encounter later in their lives.   

The fry are on track for meeting size targets in late June when the tagging trailer is here.  If the fry are all very similar sizes, both within a raceway and between the raceways (which may have been spawned on different dates), it helps the tagging trailer operations to be smooth and more efficient.  We achieve this even sizing by feeding groups of fish which are on the smaller side a slightly higher percentage of their body weight, while groups of fish that are on the larger side get fed a slightly lower percentage of their body weight.  All the fry will get a full meal when they are fed though – this is important to keep the size of the fish in one raceway relatively uniform.  If we fed just a little bit, not enough that all the fish would have a chance to get full, the sizes of fish within a raceway would spread out – the more aggressive fish in the population would get more than their share of the feed, and the less aggressive fish would not get enough.  Feeding in a way that gives all the fish have a fair chance at a full stomach reduces this size spread.  The hatchery staff is tuned in to this and keeps up on how the fish are feeding and behaving – as well as taking frequent sample counts – to be sure that the fish are on track. 

The water temperatures are slowly warming and the receiving pond and fish ladder have been shut down to prevent additional warming of the water in these unshaded areas.  The ladder will be reopened in late September, when the water is on a cooling trend again and the returning adult Coho should begin to arrive at the hatchery. 

In the meantime the hatchery staff will also do our usual things – feed fish, clean up after them and make sure they are healthy.  We are planning the summer maintenance projects – painting buildings, caring for (and expanding!) the pollinator garden areas and otherwise keeping the hatchery in good shape.   

Recent Fish Returns

As of January 11, 2021, 5,909 adult Coho salmon have returned to Eagle Creek National Fish Hatchery.
As of December 03, 2019, 3,732 adult Coho have returned to Eagle Creek National Fish Hatchery .
As of November 20, 2018, 3,719 adult coho salmon have returned to Eagle Creek National Fish Hatchery .
Last Updated: November 05, 2021
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