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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. 

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  • 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.

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  • 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). 

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  • Local Steelhead Program Thrives

    Broodstock collecting

    Angling for steelhead in the Methow River is all in a day's work at Winthrop NFH!

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Kids Fishing Day!

Our 2018 event was a great one! Plan to attend in 2019 on the second Saturday of June.

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Recent Fish Returns

As of November 27, 2018, 1300 adult Coho have returned to Winthrop National Fish Hatchery.

As of August 02, 2018, 1218 adult spring Chinook salmon have returned to Winthrop National Fish Hatchery.

As of July 08, 2017, 1,438 adult Spring Chinook salmon have returned to Winthrop NFH.


In 2017, 1,251 coho returned to Winthrop NFH.
In 2017, 1,577 spring Chinook returned to Winthrop NFH.
Track fish as they migrate upriver by visiting the Fish Passage Center's website...

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About Us

  • Winthrop National Fish Hatchery works with partners to achieve goals we couldn't do as well alone. Our staff works closely with the Washington Dept of Fish and Wildlife and Douglas County Public Utility District in collecting adult steelhead for broodstock, and in the monitoring and evaluation of the hatchery steelhead programs in the Methow Sub-basin. 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 the second Saturday of June, 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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