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.
- • Consistent with CDC recommendations, people who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
- • 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.
Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery grounds are open to the public, but the Visitor Center remains closed. Please call 509-538-2755 for information.
Giving a Helping Hand to Pollinators
Pollinator sightings have increased since we planted native flowering plants and created homes for Mason bees. Butterflies, bees and flies abound!
Fishing Drano Lake
Drano Lake is very popular with anglers. Check fishing regulations on the WA Department of Fish and Wildlife's website or pamphlet.
Invasive Zebra Mussels Found in Aquarium Supplies
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
Feeding and feeding and feeding!
We are currently feeding approximately 8.7 million spring and fall Chinook! We released our brood year 2019 spring Chinook on April 12th, 2021.
As of June 10, 2021,
2,277 adult Spring Chinook have returned to Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery.
Ten-Year Return/Release Information
Fisheries In the news
August 20, 2020 - (Peninsula Daily News) Hatchery coho offering options in Quilcene
July 3, 2019 - (Daily Record) Fish biologists ask recreators not to build rock dams in local rivers
July 31, 2018 - Fall salmon seasons kick off Aug. 1 with mixed forecasts (Oregon DFW)
July 6, 2018 - (Tribal Tribune) CTFW utilize beavers in Methow salmon recovery work
March 30, 2018 - Idaho summer chinook fishing may heat up
Fishing/Hunting on or near the hatchery
Did You Know? Oldest Hatchery...
The Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery is the oldest hatchery in the Columbia Basin. It was established in 1896 to supplement the declining salmon populations due to overfishing.