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Although most hatchery lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following if you visit one of our facilities:

  • • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick.

Learn more about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coronavirus Response.

Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery grounds are open to the public; however the Visitor Center remains closed. Please call 509-493-1730 for information.


  • Local Fishing Opportunities!

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    All you need to know for fishing can be found on the new Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's Mobile Fishing app. Fish Washington puts up-to-the-minute fishing regulations at your fingertips!

  • Learn About Our Hatcheries...

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    The Gorge facilities were highlighted in a recent Outdoor GPS segment. Take a look here to learn more about National Fish Hatcheries and where salmon come from!

  • This Time of Year...

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    We have successfully ponded all 12.5 million of our tule fall Chinook salmon fry!

  • Invasive Zebra Mussels Found in Aquarium Supplies

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    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.

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What's Hatchin'?

Please recreate responsibly, maintain social distance and wear a mask!

We have successfully transferred all 12.5 million tule fall Chinook salmon fry from our Incubation Building to our outdoor raceways. This is accomplished through a series of tubes and running water. The process takes about a week. There are roughly 300,000 salmon per raceway. The crew is feeding the small fry several times a day. Their diet consists of a very fine fish food, much like the consistency of finely ground coffee.

We are preparing for the upcoming fish marking that will begin in early March. The Fish Marking crew will get the marking trailers set up and ready to go in the coming weeks.

Recent spring creek NFH Fish Returns

As of September 23, 2020, 18,561 adult tule fall Chinook have returned to the hatchery.
As of October 01, 2019, 15,570 adult tule fall Chinook have returned to the hatchery.
As of October 01, 2018, 16,578 adult Tule Fall Chinook Salmon have returned to Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery .

Ten-Year Return/Release Information

Last Updated: April 06, 2021
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