Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery
Pacific Region

Conserving the Tule Fall Chinook Salmon


61552 State Road 14
Underwood, WA 98651
Spring Creek NFH Manager - Dave Carie

Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery raises more than 10.5 million Tule Fall Chinook salmon annually. The hatchery uses water from several springs located at the base of the adjacent basalt cliffs, recycling the water through a unique, oyster shell filtration system to conserve water and reduce pollution. Ninety percent of the water used in the hatchery's rearing ponds is recycled.

Spring Creek hatchery is located 4 miles west of the Hood River/White Salmon toll bridge on State Highway 14. Visitors are welcome weekdays from 7:30 am - 4:00 pm. The hatchery is also open on weekends in late August, September and early October, and from December through mid-May. Adult Tule Fall Chinook salmon return in September and visitors can watch the fish being spawned in mid- to late September.

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early egg transport

Hatchery History
Established in 1901, Spring Creek hatchery was one of several egg collection stations for the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries Clackamas Hatchery, near Portland. As the human population of the Columbia Gorge increased, heavy fishing pressure and destruction of habitat resulted in the U.S. government establishing a fish hatchery at this site.

The original hatchery was flooded when the Bonneville Dam was completed in 1938. After several modifications, the hatchery was redesigned and rebuilt by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1972. Expansion was undertaken to partially compensate for the loss of Fall Chinook spawning grounds due to dam construction along the Columbia River. The hatchery is funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Mitchell Act, which is administered by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

White Salmon River

Columbia River Gorge view

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.

salmon eggs

Salmon in the Classroom
Students throughout the Columbia River Gorge are participating in the popular salmon rearing program for classrooms. Students observe salmon eggs hatch and develop through fry stage. The classes take a field trip to release their salmon back in the Columbia River to culminate the unit. Learn more about our Education Program!

fish counter

Fish Returns
The Fish Passage Center website provides overall return numbers for the basin. Further questions? Please call 509-493-1730.

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Last updated: March 7, 2017

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