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About the Hatchery

Located in Underwood, Washington

The Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery releases 10.5 million tule fall Chinook salmon smolts (young salmon) annually. Funding for the Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery is by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

Hatchery History
The Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery was established in 1901 as one of serveral egg collection stations for the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries Clackamas hatchery. As the human population of the Columbia River Gorge increased, heavy fishing preessure and destruction of habitat resulted in the U. S. government deciding to produce fish at the hatchery.

The original hatchery was flooded when the Bonneville Dam was built in 1938. After several modificaitons, the hatchery was redesigned and rebuilt in a new location by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1972. Expansion wasundertaken to partially compensate for fall Chinook spawning ground losses due to dam construction along the Columbia River.


Last Updated: August 14, 2018
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