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  • Giving a Helping Hand to Pollinators

    mason bee homes

    Pollinator sightings have increased since we planted native flowering plants and created homes for Mason bees. Butterflies, bees and flies abound! 

  • Fishing Drano Lake

    fishing on Drano Lake

    Drano Lake is very popular with anglers. Check fishing regulations on the WA Department of Fish and Wildlife's website or pamphlet. 



  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice

    During the current public health emergency, the hatchery grounds are open to the public; however the Visitor Center remains closed. Please call 509-538-2755  for information.  More information: FWS Coronavirus Response page.

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice

    During the current public health emergency, the hatchery is open, however, the Visitor Center remains closed. Call 509-538-2755  for further information. More information is available on the FWS Coronavirus Response page.

what's happening at the hatchery

What's Hatchin'?

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the hatchery is open for fish viewing along the river and at our viewing platforms; however, the Visitor Center and restrooms are closed to the public.  We have two Pit Toilets available for use along our entrance road. Please practice social distancing and respect others. Call the hatchery at 509-538-2755.

We are currently welcoming Upriver Bright Fall Chinook salmon to the hatchery, and they are coming in at a rapid rate! We have over 6,500 adults in our adult holding ponds. Unfortunately, these are not open for public viewing at this time, but you can see adults in the river. We begin spawning next week and will continue through the early part of November. Again, this process will be closed to the public for the heatlh and safety of our workers. Stay safe, and Recreate Responsibly.


Recent Little White Salmon Fish Returns

As of October 13, 2020, approximately 6,500 adult Upriver Bright Fall Chinook have returned to Little White Salmon Fish Ladder.

Ten-Year Return/Release Information

Last Updated: January 11, 2021

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These fish were raised at Quilcene National Fish Hatchery. While we don't raise coho salmon at Little White Salmon NFH, the egg-to-fry hatch for our spring and Upriver Bright fall Chinook salmon is similar. Credit: Florian Graner

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