Willard National Fish Hatchery
Pacific Region

Welcome to the Willard National Fish Hatchery


Willard National Fish Hatchery
5501B Cook-Underwood Road
Cook, WA 98605
Hatchery Manager - Steve Wingert

Willard National Fish Hatchery is among a network of hatcheries in the Columbia Basin that were constructed to ensure the continued survival of salmon and steelhead runs. This hatchery was opened in 1953 to compensate for the loss of upstream habitat due to hydroelectric projects.

The hatchery spawns and returns many more young salmon than would occur through natural spawning alone. Nearly one million salmon are returned to the Columbia River system yearly.

Visiting the Hatchery
The Willard hatchery is located five miles north of Highway 14 up the west end of the Cook-Underwood Road on the Little White Salmon River. Visitors are welcome from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm daily.

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Willard house

Housing Demolition Project
Willard’s 12 houses were built to serve a critical need created by the intensive responsibilities of running the hatchery and laboratory. Yet, after 1960 the tasks related to feeding fish were reduced and the number of personnel required to live on station also decreased. In 1994 three houses were removed. In 2015, another round of budget cuts requires another down-sizing and reduction of housing at Willard. Only three houses will remain to meet the needs of today’s hatchery. Read the complete story of the Willard NFH Housing Project here. For more information on the Washington State Archeaology and Historic Preservation visit their website.

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Fish Moving...Helping out during the Eagle Creek Fire
665,000 Yakama Nationl coho were transferred from the Cascade Hatchery in Oregon to Willard NFH during one of the largest gorge fires in recent history. Read the full story here: Fish Rescued From Fire

fish counter Fish Returns
For the most current fish return information visit the Fish Passage Center website.

Columbia River Gorge 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.



Last updated: October 25, 2017

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