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Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery (LNFH), located along beautiful Icicle Creek, is a spectacular location to picnic, observe wildlife, learn about the salmon life cycle, and enjoy a nature walk. The public visitor center is open year-round. The Hatchery hosts a variety of outdoor recreational activities throughout the year and is the home for the Cascade Discovery High School. Activities include hatchery tours, Wenatchee River Salmon Festival and many special events, horseback rides, winter snowshoe tours, cross country skiing, fish viewing, and outdoor summer theater.

Visiting the LNFH makes for an informative and meaningful experience for all ages. Below are some ideas to help you plan your trip.

How to Find Us

Leavenworth NFH is located south of the town of Leavenworth, central Washington’s “Bavarian village.” Our address is 12790 Fish Hatchery Road, Leavenworth, WA, 98826. To reach the main entry off Icicle Road, travel to the west end of Leavenworth on US Highway 2, and turn south onto Icicle Road. Drive about two miles to just past East Leavenworth Road, and follow the brown hatchery signs that take you left down Fish Hatchery Road, past Hatchery Park, and into the main parking lot and Visitor Center area. Welcome!

Getting here...

Tour the Hatchery

Visitors are always welcome to tour our beautiful hatchery in the north Cascade Mountains.

The building is open every day of the year while staff are caring for the fish. A volunteer or employee is usually on hand to answer questions at the front of the main building from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays in winter, and every day in summer. Self-guided tour flyers are available. You are invited to talk to our hatchery staff, learn about fish species raised, and see thousands of young salmon in raceways and ponds. The hatchery grounds are always open to foot traffic. Feel free to walk the grounds and access the nature trail. Please park outside the main entry gate after 2 p.m.

We are pleased to offer guided tours for larger groups who call at least two weeks in advance. Please call 509-548-7641. Include a date, time, number of people expected, and general age of participants (for example: 5th grade, family reunion, college biology students, retirement facility, etc.). Tours are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

Pets must be on a leash.

Self-guided tour flyer...

El Recorrido Autoguiado...

Historia del Sitio...

Site History...

Winter Showshoe Tours

Free guided snowshoe tours are offerred December 21 to January 26! Tours are given on Fridays at 1 pm, and Saturdays at 10 am and 1 pm. Call to reserve your spot: 509-548-7641. Snowshoes are provided.

If you have 10 or more people in a group and would like your own tour, call us! We can arrange special tours at additional times.

Are you a first-time snowshoer? Here's some tips for what to wear and what to bring...

Walk for Wildlife

The Icicle Creek Nature Trail is a one-mile loop trail that is fully accessible and offers an excellent opportunity to see fish and wildlife in their natural environment. This is a National Recreation Trail and part of the Cascade Loop of the Audubon Society's Great Washington State Birding Trail. It is an enjoyable non-strenuous walk for families and nature enthusiasts. As part of the nationally recognized "Watchable Wildlife" site program, it is also equipped with two wildlife viewing platforms, resting benches, interpretive signing, and birding opportunities.

National Recreation Trail program...

Great Washington State Birding Trail...

Watchable Wildlife Program...

Getting to the Water

Visitors seeking to access the boat ramp on Icicle Creek can turn left on East Leavenworth Road from Icicle Road. Where the road curves left, exit onto a lane that continues straight. At the end of the short lane, turn right through a gate, and left toward the boat ramp.

Be aware that we sometimes close access to the boat ramp. This is typically during low water flow, to protect the nests (called redds) of spawning salmon. You can help protect our salmon by choosing other activities when water is low, or finding places with more water than Icicle Creek.Map to boat ramp access...

Pollinator Garden

Our pollinator and monarch butterfly garden, installed in 2016, is free and open to the public and directly in front of the main hatchery building. Care for and information about the garden is provided through a partnership with the Chelan-Douglas County Master Gardeners. Learn about our award-winning garden... Visit the Chelan-Douglas County Master Gardeners website...

Special Use Permits

Commercial operations on hatchery grounds must apply for a permit. Events of any kind must also apply for a permit. For reservation of space, including Hatchery Park, a permit is needed. Click on the links below to learn more. Contact the Visitor Services Manager for information: Julia Pinnix, julia_pinnix@fws.gov, 509-548-2915.Read our Special Use Permit policy... Download a permit form...

 

Last Updated: October 12, 2018
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