Carson National Fish Hatchery
Pacific Region

Come enjoy the Carson National Fish Hatchery


14041 Wind River Highway
Carson, WA 98610
Hatchery Manager - Larry Zeigenfuss

The Carson National Fish Hatchery releases more than 1.1 million spring Chinook salmon smolts (young salmon) annually. Funding for the Carson National Fish Hatchery is through Mitchell Act funds, which are administered by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

Hatchery History
The Carson National Fish Hatchery, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, began rearing salmon and trout in 1937. During the 1980s, the hatchery began rearing spring Chinook salmon exclusively. Because of the loss and degradation of spawning habitat and the impact of dams on migration, the spring Chinook was in rapid decline. Since 1960, hatchery production has helped spring Chinook populations recover in the lower Columbia River.

Visiting the Hatchery
Carson National Fish Hatchery is at the confluence of Tyee Creek and the Wind River, 14 miles north of the Columbia River, about 60 miles east of Vancouver, Washington. To visit the hatchery, turn north off State Route 14 at the Wind River Highway, about 3 miles east of Stevenson, WA, and continue for 14 miles to the hatchery. Visitors are welcome from 7:30 am until 4:00 pm daily. Call in advance for information about group tours and dates of hatchery activities 509-427-5905.

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Salmon Released...
The Carson NFH will release nearly 1.2 million spring Chinook salmon smolts (juvenile salmon) into the Wind River in April 10, 2018. This Chinook release fulfills important legal responsibilities the U.S. government has to Native American tribes under the U.S. v. Oregon Management Agreement, as well as Federal government responsibilities to mitigate for lost salmon production and spawning grounds due to the construction of hydropower projects that are part of the Federal Columbia River Power System.

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Come out and enjoy the 19th Annual Kid's Fishing Day on September 8, 2018. The event runs 8:00 am - 1:00 pm, with registration closing at 12:00 pm. Open to all kids aged 12 and under. We provide everything you need for a great day, complete with fish cleaning, mini golfing and refreshments. A great family event! Check out this and other special events at our Calendar of Events.

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Columbia River Gorge National Fish Hatchery Complex
The Columbia River Gorge National Fish Hatchery Complex includes the Carson, Eagle Creek, Little White Salmon, Spring Creek, Warm Springs and Willard National Fish Hatcheries. The organization accomplishes the production of over 20 million spring Chinook, fall Chinook and Coho salmon through the sharing of staff and resources to meet the Service's Fisheries mitigation, restoration and tribal trust responsibilities.



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Fisheries in the News

7/31/18 Fall salmon seasons kick off Aug. 1 with mixed forecasts (Oregon DFW)    

7/6/18 (Tribal Tribune) CTFW utilize beavers in Methow salmon recovery work    

6/15/18 (EarthFix) Record Lamprey Return A Cultural Win For Native Tribes    

3/30/18 Idaho summer chinook fishing may heat up    

3/28/18 Idaho spring Chinook fishing set to open April 28    

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Last updated: March 9, 2018

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