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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, when possible, national fish hatcheries will remain open to the public. However facility resources and events may be limited.  Check FWS Coronavirus Response page and call for local conditions.

what's happening at the hatchery

What's Hatchin'?

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the hatchery 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. 

Essential workers released our 1,089,520 spring Chinook salmon into the Little White Salmon River on April 13, 2020.

They are now busy power washing and disinfecting the raceways in preparation of moving fish around the facility. 

Marking the Broodyear '19 spring Chinook salmon begins on May 7 and will continue for about three weeks. They will start marking the Broodyear '19 upriver bright fall Chinook salmon in early June. These fall Chinook will be released in early July 2020.

The fish ladder has opened for the season, welcoming this years spring Chinook salmon.

Recent Little White Salmon Fish Returns

As of June 29, 2020, approximately 2,475 adult Spring Chinook have returned to Little White Salmon Fish Ladder.

Ten-Year Return/Release Information

Last Updated: July 13, 2020

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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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