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Go Fish

The Leavenworth Fisheries Complex Information and Education (I&E) Department provides natural resource education, visitor services, and public outreach to more than 150,000 visitors each year. Local communities, school districts, colleges, and public agencies are served, and many groups partner with us.

We have free annual public events at all three hatcheries, as well as trails for walking. LNFH hosts businesses and non-profit organizations that offer activities outdoors, too.

Events and Activities:

Entiat Outdoor Skills Days (May)
Wenatchee River Salmon Festival (3rd Saturday in September)
Winthrop Kids Free Fishing Day (2nd Saturday in June)
Kids in the Creek (end of September)
Leavenworth group tours, self-guided tours, and school tours (year-round)

Take a walk, bike, ski, snowshoe, or ride a horse

  • Entiat Outdoor Skills Days


    Beginning in September 2013, the Entiat NFH staff hosts Outdoor Skills Field Trips for the Entiat school's 1st-8th graders. The trips include fishing, archery, and explorations of unique natural features on the hatchery grounds. We provide instruction and equipment and let the kids experience the joy of catching fish. Hatchery staff built an archery range and have staff trained in safely teaching children archery skills, a popular activity. The students put on waders and explore a constructed wetland area, collecting macroinvertebrates and other living things to observe and study.

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  • Wenatchee River Salmon Festival

    Fish identificationThe Wenatchee River Salmon Festival is held in September. This event is cancelled for 2020, but will return in 2021 to celebrate its 30th anniversary! Salmon Fest brings students to Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery in September, where the Service and many partners help them connect to nature with hands-on, curriculum-based activities. This award-winning event is THE field trip for thousands of 4th graders throughout the region, hosted over two days. The third day is for the public, and thousands more people come with their families to enjoy learning and playing outside.

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  • Winthrop Kids Free Fishing Day

    Kids fish!

    Everyone is welcome to this event, typically held on the grounds of Winthrop National Fish Hatchery the second Saturday in June. This event is postponed in 2020. Stay tuned to hear if the event will take place later in the year. Activities and booths are set up outside so visitors can enjoy learning more about nature, salmon, and how we're all connected. Kids under the age of 14 are issued a "passport" to fill out, earning a chance to catch a fish in our pond! Staff and volunteers clean the fish for the children to take home and share with their loved ones. Join us during National Fishing and Boating Week for a great time outdoors!

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  • Kids In the Creek

    Kids fish!

    High school students and their teachers join natural resource professionals for full-day field biology experiences, hosted at Entiat National Fish Hatchery. Cascadia Conservation District manages the program. Held at the end of September, students don waders and investigate the river, conduct tests and experiments, and explore the riparian zone. Contact us to get involved as an instructor or to bring a class! (509) 548-7641, and ask for Marjie or Julia; or email

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  • Leavenworth group tours, self-guided tours, and school tours


    Want to see how a hatchery works? At any of our hatcheries, you are welcome to drop by and walk around. Volunteers and staff are often available to answer questions. At Leavenworth NFH, there is a self-guided brochure available. You can also schedule a tour at Leavenworth! Call us at 509-548-7641. We welcome any size group. For school tours, we can arrange a program with hands on activities. Ask to speak with Visitor Services Manager Julia Pinnix, also reached at

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  • Take a walk, bike, ski, snowshoe, or ride a horse


    There are trails at all our hatcheries. Entiat's trail meanders through a riparian forest. At Winthrop, a popular bicycle/ski trail crosses at the corner of the property. Leavenworth has an extensive trail system popular for walking, skiing and snowshoeing, and riding horses, including a one mile Nature Trail that is paved and ADA compliant in summer. Enjoy nature at our hatcheries!

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Last Updated: October 9, 2014
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