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Visit Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery


Fish hatcheries are generally located in beautiful locations and the Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery is no exception. Visitors can enjoy a picnic at a peaceful spot along the river; view the river at a unique overlooks; watch birds including ducks, geese, osprey and eagles; and see salmon returning to the place of their birth.

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    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.

    Open 7:30 am - 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday

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    Driving Directions


    Little White Salmon NFH is located about 60 miles east of Portland, OR. You can reach the hatchery by taking I-84 east to Cascade Locks, OR. Cross over the Bridge of the Gods ($2.00 toll each way) and turn right onto State Highway 14. Travel east on Highway 14 through the towns of Stevenson and Home Valley, WA. You will pass the Cook-Underwood Road; in one more mile, the hatchery will be on your left at about mile marker 56.

  • Contact Us


    For more details about Hatchery activities, volunteering or to schedule a group tour, please call the Hatchery at 509-538-2755 or the Columbia Gorge Information and Education Office at 509-493-2934. You may also find current news and event information on our Facebook page.

    56961 State Road 14
    Cook, WA 98605 

Last Updated: October 1, 2018
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