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Although most hatchery lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you Recreate Responsibly.

  • • Check local conditions on this website and called for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • • The CDC recommends all individuals wear a mask indoors in public in areas of substantial or high transmission. Recognizing that most of the United States is currently in substantial or high transmission categories and to best protect visitors and our staff, we've implemented a nationwide mask requirement. Masks are now required inside all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service buildings, regardless of vaccination status or location. All people, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask on all forms of public transportation and in healthcare settings on DOI lands.
  • • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


  • Weedy Desert Transformed to Educational Oasis

    ENFH wet habitat

    Much of Entiat NFH’s 37 acres was once “a knapweed desert,” said manager Craig Chisam. Now, a young forest, wet habitat, and kid’s fishing pond have transformed the site. 


  • Students Aid in Restoring Salmon Habitat

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    Juniors and seniors at Okanogan High School are doing citizen science as part of an Ecology of the Okanogan class, with support from the Mid-Columbia River Fishery Resource Office (MCRFRO). 


  • Invasive Zebra Mussels Found in Aquarium Supplies

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    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

We Raise Summer Chinook

Summer Chinook are our focus. We also have trout in our viewing pond.

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Recent Fish Returns

As of August 26, 2021, 2061 adult Summer Chinook have returned to Entiat National Fish Hatchery.

Prior Year Fish Returns

  • 2020 total number of returned salmon: 4,184
  • 2019 total number of returned salmon: 2,882
  • 2018 total number of returned salmon: 2,127
  • 2017 total number of returned salmon: 1,330
  • 2016 total number of returned salmon: 2,106

Where Are The Fish?

Chinook salmon

Track fish as they migrate upriver by visiting the Fish Passage Center's website...

About Us

  • Entiat National Fish Hatchery is located in the Entiat River Valley, not far from Wenatchee, Washington. When we were built in 1940, we served as a research facility to learn more about fish health. Our hatchery currently raises summer Chinook salmon. We've been working to improve our grounds by adding a kids fishing pond, planting trees, creating a wet habitat area, and more!

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    Our address:
    6970 Fish Hatchery Drive, Entiat, WA, 98822

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    Fishing on the Entiat River near Entait NFH
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Last Updated: August 26, 2021
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