Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery
Pacific Region

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Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery Complex
56961 State Route 14
Cook, WA 98605
Little White Salmon NFH Manager - Bob Turik

Hatchery History...
The Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery was a pioneer in the fledgling science of salmon propagation when it began rearing salmon in 1896. During the past 122 years, the facility and propagation methods have changed dramatically and research is on-going. Today, more than 9.4 million young salmon are released into the river or transferred to other sites for release each year. The Little White Salmon River provides a cold, clean source of river water in which salmon are incubated and raised for 6 to 18 months.

Spring and Upriver Bright fall Chinook salmon produced at the Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery contribute significantly to the salmon population harvested by sport and tribal fisheries in the Columbia River, particularly in Drano Lake. The Visitor Center provides a "fish-eye" view in its underwater viewing room and a full view of spawning operations which run August through November. The Visitor Center also includes informative videos and displays on the hatchery system and local area history. There is an abundance of wildlife viewing, particularly during spawning season as eagles, gulls and bear feed on the dead salmon. Chinook can be seen spawning in the river below the hatchery, particularly in the fall.

Reimbursable funds from other agencies account for the majority of Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery's operational budget with most of these funds coming from NOAA - Fisheries Mitchell Act appropriation. These funds reimburse the operating agencies (in this case the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) for fish production to mitigate for fish losses associated with the operation of hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River. Remaining reimbursable funds are for fish reared for specific programs such as the Bonneville Power Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers John Day mitigation program. Additional funds are received from the Service's deferred maintenance account to help correct maintenance deficiencies at both Little White and Willard NFH.

Visiting the Hatchery
Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery is located 12.5 miles east of Stevenson, Washington, on State Highway 14. The mile-long entrance road begins at the west end of the bridge over the Little White Salmon River at Drano Lake. The hatchery is open daily from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm; closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Adult spring Chinook salmon return in May and June; Upriver Bright fall Chinook salmon return in late September through early November. Springer spawning begins mid-August for approximately three weeks, and Upriver Bright spawning runs from mid to late October into late November.

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Fishing Information
Adult fish returning to Drano Lake, an impoundment at the mouth of the Little White Salmon River, are the perfect example of a successful mitigation program. Learn more about this important fishery.

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Tribal fishers have the right to fish in their usual and accustomed places as provided by the Treaty of 1855. Drano Lake is one of those areas. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has a tribal trust responsibility at Little White Salmon NFH and this Drano Lake platform fishery is an appropriate use of Service-owned land. The consistently strong returns of Chinook salmon to the hatchery provide plenty of harvestable fish for all users in this shared fishery.

Drano Lake 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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Last updated: March 8, 2018

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