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Eagle Creek National Fish Hatchery

10-Year History: Releases, Adult Returns, Adults Spawned

For more information, contact the Hatchery Manager (e-mail; 503 630-6270)
Coho Salmon

The Eagle Creek National Fish Hatchery was authorized under the Mitchell Act of May 1938, as amended in 1946. The purpose of the hatchery was to help compensate for anadromous (migrating to the ocean from fresh water) salmonid losses in the Columbia River basin due to mainstem Columbia River dams. The hatchery continues to operate under the original authorization, rearing and releasing anadromous salmon to support commercial, sport, ocean and river fisheries and to restore salmonids in watersheds in which they have become extinct.

Today the hatchery raises 1.5 million coho salmon annually. The hatchery releases 350,000 coho on site, while 500,000 coho transferred to the Yakama Nation and 550,000 coho are transferred to the Nez Perce Tribe to support coho restoration projects in their watersheds. During its history, the hatchery has also reared fall Chinook, spring Chinook salmon and winter steelhead for release at the hatchery and local streams.


Juvenile Releases

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Total Coho Adult Returns

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Total Adult Coho Spawned

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Last Updated: June 19, 2020
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