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  • 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. 


  • A Promise Kept for 75 Years

    1947 LNFH

    2015 was the 75th anniversary of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery! It was the largest hatchery in the world in 1940.


  • Students Aid in Restoring Salmon Habitat

    Students at work

    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). 


  • Steelhead and Beavers Forge Common Cause

    Broodstock collecting

    Beavers and steelhead occupy the raceways at Winthrop NFH, both part of a long-term, cooperative effort to improve local watersheds and conserve fish.


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Kids Fishing Day!

Join us Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a family day of activities and (for kids under age 14) fishing.  Free!

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Recent Fish Returns

As of July 27, 2016, 2808 adult Spring Chinook salmon have returned to Winthrop National Fish Hatchery.

As of December 14, 2015, 4,432 adult spring Chinook salmon have returned to Winthrop National Fish Hatchery.

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About Us

  • Winthrop National Fish Hatchery works with partners to achieve goals we couldn't do as well alone. During the warmer months, beavers occupy some of our raceways, part of a project to improve habitat for steelhead. We raise coho salmon for the Yakama Nation to help them with their vision of restoring coho populations. The Nation also rehabilitates steelhead kelts at our hatchery. These are just a few examples of partnerships that benefit wildlife and people.

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    453A Twin Lakes Road, Winthrop, WA, 98862
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  • Kids Fishing Day!
    The Methow Valley National Fishing and Boating Day Celebration is on June 10 (second Saturday), 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This FREE event is for the whole family! Kids under age 14 can fish for trout, and everyone can enjoy activities, from fish printing to fly casting.

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