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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.

Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery is currently closed to the public. Please call 541-553-1692 for information.

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  • Passage Facility...

    salmon smolt (young)

    We serve as a Passage Facility for wild Spring Chinook, Coho and steelhead on their way further up river. All fish travel up our fish ladder; we then pass the wild fish through the facility to continue to upper reaches of the Warm Springs River.

  • Spring Chinook Spawning...

    spring Chinook salmon

    We wrapped up Spring Chinook Salmon spawning for broodyear 2020. We took approximately 504,000 eggs from 210 females. It was a successful year!

what's happening at the hatchery

What's Hatchin' at the Hatchery?

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Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery working in conjunction with our Co-management Partner, the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, the Bureau of Natural Resources is beginning a new wild Spring Chinook salmon supplementation program at the hatchery; hence we are spawning the wild returning fish.

We are currently moving the last take of our spring Chinook salmon into indoor nursery tanks. We have a mixed bag of salmon this year! We have salmon whose parents were strictly hatchery fish; some with one wild parent (male) and one hatchery parent (female); and some have both wild origin parents.

The reason for raising "wild" and "wild cross" is due to the reduced numbers of wild fish that returned to the Warm Springs River last year. By raising the "wild" fish at the hatchery, we are trying to increase the number that will out-migrate next spring. They will be trucked upstream of the hatchery later this winter to their normal nursery grounds to imprint. We have around 456,000 fry starting on feed. They will be in the nursery tanks for about two months before we'll move them outside in March.  These salmon will be reared in outdoor raceways until their release in the spring of 2022.

Recent Fish Returns

As of September 16, 2020, 560 adult Spring Chinook Salmon have returned to the hatchery.
Last Updated: February 18, 2021

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These fish were raised at Quilcene National Fish Hatchery. While we don't raise coho salmon at Warm Springs NFH, the egg-to-fry hatch for our spring Chinook salmon is similar.Credit: Florian Graner

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