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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.
  • • The CDC recommends all individuals wear a mask indoors in public in areas of substantial or high transmission. Recognizing that most of the United States is currently in substantial or high transmission categories and to best protect visitors and our staff, we've implemented a nationwide mask requirement. Masks are now required inside all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service buildings, regardless of vaccination status or location. All people, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask on all forms of public transportation and in healthcare settings on DOI lands.
  • • 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.

  • 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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    As of April 20, 2021 we have successfully released all 12.5 million of our tule fall Chinook salmon smolts!

  • 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!

All 12.5 million of our Tule Fall Chinook salmon have been released for the year. This leaves us void of fish until the adults return in late August. The crew is hard at work power washing all 44 ponds, no easy task. We are also busy cleaning the Heath Trays, where the salmon incubated last winter. This summer we will replace many of the old tray stacks with new ones, and in the process, repaint the Incubation Room floor. Spring and summer are the seasons for catch up here at the hatchery: cleaning, groundskeeping, catching up with projects around the hatchery and our off-site Big White Ponds on the White Salmon River. 

While we have no fish over the summer, the hatchery is a beautiful place to visit this time of year! As temperatures start rising and wind starts blowing the colorful wind surf and kite board sails make for a beautiful display of color on the river. We have a great picnic area that overlooks the river and provides wondrful views of Mt. Hood. The mile-long entrance road is a great walk, bike or run. Come visiti us!

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: August 26, 2021
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