"Bonneville Fish hatchery" Cascade Locks Things to Do Tip by Segolily

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This is where all the salmon coming up the river end up if they happen to chose the right side of the river. We visited during the heart of salmon run and were treated to the full gamit of catching the fish, stripping their eggs, fertilizing their eggs and putting the now adult fish on ice for food. We also watched the tagging of the fingerlings.

This is a large complex with the goal to continue the propagation of King/Chinook and Coho Salmon. Every year around 25,000 Chinook and 30,000 Coho salmon come back to spawn. Each female Chinook has about 5,000 eggs which are sown with milt from the males and then raised in ponds until they are ready to head down stream.

It is also a mini aquarium with native species in ponds where they can be observed up close.

Directions: See this from the Oregon side near the Bonneville dam
Website: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/visitors/bonneville_hatchery.asp

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  • Updated Sep 4, 2009
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