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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.


  • 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!

  • Invasive Zebra Mussels Found in Aquarium Supplies

    zebra mussel

    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

What's Hatchin' at the Hatchery?

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

Things are beginning to pick up at the hatchery. April 8th we released the yearling plus spring Chinook salmon into the Warm Springs River.  Tagging and marking of the current year of fish was completed in late April. 

Spring Chinook adults are beginning to return to the hatchery after their time in the Pacific Ocean.  The prediction is for a good return this year, but we remain cautiously optimistic. So far, we have 11 fish in the holding ponds.  We have not seen any wild origin spring Chinook as of yet, but are hopeful they will return. 

We are using a new technology that has been used by other agencies and hatcheries.  We are using a portable ultra-sound imager to positively sex each of the fish that we handle.  With it we can see the developing ovaries of the fish, which incidentally look like white bubble wrap on the screen of the device, or the testes, which are just black blobs on the screen.  The plan is to sex each individual fish with the unit when we work up the capture trap each day. 

Typical at a hatchery, there is always feeding and cleaning of the raceways, so we are always busy with something.



Recent Fish Returns

As of May 06, 2021,

12 adult Spring Chinook Salmon have returned to the hatchery.

Last Updated: May 07, 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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