Quilcene National Fish Hatchery
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Quilcene National Fish Hatchery


Quilcene National Fish Hatchery lies in a narrow valley on the east side of Washington's Olympic Peninsula on Highway 101 two miles south of Quilcene and at the confluence of the Big Quilcene River and Penny Creek. Covering slightly over 47 acres, Quilcene NFH's main facilities include 39 raceways, each 8 feet wide and 80 feet long, three water intake structures (two on the Big Quilcene River and one on Penny Creek,) a pre-settling pond, a pollution abatement pond, a hatchery building containing the office, conference room, break room, and tank room, an isolation/quarantine building, and a shop building all located on the west bank of the Big Quilcene River.
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Quilcene National Fish Hatchery has a long history and has been in continuous operation since 1911. We raise coho salmon for on-station release and provide coho salmon eggs and fingerlings for tribal programs. We also work closely with other groups in monitoring the local summer chum salmon runs.

Quilcene National Fish HatcheryThe fish production program at Quilcene NFH is a cooperative effort involving many partners. Changes in fish production must meet legal mandates, adhere to several management plans, and be agreed to by all partners. Our partners include the Northwest Indian Fish Commission, Point No Point tribes ( Port Gamble S' Klallam tribe, Jamestown S' Klallam tribe), Skokomish tribe, Lower Elwha Klallam tribe, Suquamish tribe, other federal agencies (NOAA fisheries), the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, Jefferson County, Port Townsend Mill and several private resource enhancement groups (Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement, Long Live the Kings) and other U.S. Fish & Wildlife offices, including the Washington Fish and Wildlife Office, Olympia Fish Health Center, & Abernathy Fish Technology Center, also provide technical support.

Quilcene NFH's fish production programs were reviewed by the Hatchery Scientific Review Group (HSRG). They reviewed programs from July 9, 2007, and made recommendations to each facility. Many of these recommendations are reflected in our current fish production programs.

Our mission is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

What's new at Quilcene National Fish Hatchery!

Take a video tour of Quilcene National Fish Hatchery operations:

Quilcene NFH in 1911. Photo Credit: Quilcene Historical Museum

Quilcene NFH: A long and storied history..

Tribal snag and dipnet fishery on the Big Quilcene River. Photo credit: Ron Wong/USFWS

Learn how Quilcene NFH works with area tribes...

Winter steelhead fry raised by Quilcene NFH. Photo Credit: USFWS

Learn how Quilcene helps conserve imperiled species such as

Rotary Screw Trap on the Photo credit: USFWS

Discover how USFWS Fisheries Biologists monitor fish populations in the Big Quilcene River, and how those influence hatchery operations at Quilcene NFH

For our Volunteers and Visitors

quilcene entrance sign


Camp Host Volunteer Vacancy Spring/Summer 2018

Long-time volunteers Pete and Eva provide invaluable support to Quilcene Hatchery. Photo Credit: Ron Wong/USFWS


Volunteers Wanted! If you would like to volunteer at the Quilcene NFH? Please contact: quilcenenfh@fws.gov

If you're planning a visit to the Hatchery:

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Last updated: July 19, 2016

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