Clearwater Fish Hatchery
Clearwater Fish Hatchery and its three trapping and smolt acclimation stations were the last of the Lower Snake River Compensation Plan facilities built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Completed in 1992, Clearwater FH is located on a 20 acre site 1.8 miles downstream from the Dworshak Dam and across the North Fork of the Clearwater River from Dworshak National Fish Hatchery. Clearwater FH raises steelhead trout and spring Chinook salmon for release into and return to the Clearwater River basin. The hatchery was designed to incubate 3.5 million eyed steelhead eggs provided by Dworshak National Fish Hatchery and 2.5 million smolts. All steelhead smolts are released directly into Clearwater basin streams.
Clearwater FH has three remote facilities (each over 120 miles from the hatchery) to help it complete its program goals. These consists of the Powell satellite on the Lochsa River and Red and Crooked river satellites on tributaries to the South Fork Clearwater River. Each facility consists of a trap to collect adult salmon that will provide eggs for the incubation and early rearing at Clearwater FH, and ponds to provide rearing of fingerling salmon before they are released into their natal river to continue to rear and migrate naturally the next spring.