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Coastal 101 | Animals | April 28, 2017

Plan a Trip to a Fish Hatchery Near You

Fishing is a way of life throughout the Pacific Northwest. From salmon to steelhead, the Department of Fish and Wildlife in both Oregon and Washington maintain 122 fish hatcheries. These facilities carefully stock our lakes, streams, and rivers with prize-winning fish. A lot of them are open to the public and even offer tours.

We’ve put together a quick list of hatcheries dotting both states. Looking for a specific fish hatchery? You’ll find the full list for Oregon and Washington below.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Bonneville Hatchery

The Bonneville Hatchery has been around since 1909. As Oregon’s largest fish hatchery, the facility helps stock the Columbia River Basin with Chinook, Coho, and more. You can even get a glimpse of 10-foot sturgeon. Interpretative displays are available as well as scheduled activities.

Address: 70543 NE Herman Loop in Cascade Locks, Oregon

Hours: Daily (except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day); November 1 to March 1: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm; March 1 to October 31: 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

Fall River Hatchery

This hatchery is famous for its rainbow broodstock, which supplies the Deschutes sub-basin. The visitor’s section is limited, but well worth the stop if you’re enjoying a day in Central Oregon.

Address: 15055 South Century Drive in Bend, Oregon

Hours: Call ahead for seasonal hours (541) 593-1510

Marblemount Fish Hatchery

Mark your calendar for this coming winter, because this is one of the more popular fish hatcheries in the state with guided tours every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, from the first full weekend in December to the last full weekend in January. Or simply head out this summer and take the self-guided tour where you’ll learn about and see the entire salmon lifecycle.

Address: 8319 Fish Hatchery Road in Marblemount, Washington

Hours: Daily from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Soos Creek Fish Hatchery

This is a great place to learn about salmon and see them up close. Pets are welcome, and so are questions about hatchery operations and how the facility raises young fish and releases them into waterways throughout the state.

Address: 13030 SE Auburn-Black Diamond Road in Auburn, Washington

Hours: Daily from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Spokane Fish Hatchery

This is one of the largest fish hatcheries in Washington. There are six types of fish raised in the facility. Enjoy the self-guided tour or schedule one with an expert at (509) 590-5517.

Address: W 2927 Waikiki Road in Spokane, Washington

Hours: Daily from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Wizard Falls Hatchery

View some rare fish species and take a quick tour. The hatchery incubates and rears Atlantic salmon, trout, and Chinook. Group tours are available by calling (541) 595-6611.

Address: Forest Service Road 14 in Camp Sherman, Oregon

Hours: Call ahead for seasonal hours (541) 595-6611

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