Columbia River Salmon Sales: The Dalles, Oregon

If you’re looking to purchase fresh fish along the Columbia River, Indian-caught salmon can be purchased at The Dalles in the Lone Pine sales area. Nearby, visitors can also see the remains of an Indian Shaker Church, other weathered buildings and fishing platforms along the river near the Shilo Inn.

The Dalles is located within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and has a unique history and heritage that dates back to over 10,000 years. Populated by numerous Native American tribes, The Dalles was a gathering place for natives to peacefully trade, fish and socialize.

Lewis and Clark camped in The Dalles in both 1805 and 1806 with their expeditions paving the way for the overland Oregon Trail in 1843. At this location, Oregon Trail emigrants made the fateful decision of whether to take the treacherous Columbia River or the mountainous Barlow Road on the last and most daunting leg of their trek to the rich farmlands of the Willamette Valley.

In the early 1800s, fur traders, boatmen and missionaries migrated into the area. Settlers came next, and built the neighborhoods and business districts of The Dalles. Once one of the largest population centers in the Pacific Northwest, the area continues to be the economic hub for the Mid-Columbia region.

Near the Lone Pine sales area, is the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. The Center tells the story of the Gorge’s Indian tribes, Lewis and Clark and other explorers, and early settlers at the end of the Oregon Trail. It also features photographs and a film of the Celilo Falls fishery. To reach the Discovery Center, take exit 82, turn right onto Highway 30 for 1.5 miles, and then right onto Discovery Drive to the Center.

For more information about buying fresh Indian-caught salmon in season, visit the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) website at critfc.org.

The CRITFC mission is to ensure a unified voice in the overall management of the fishery resources, and as managers, to protect reserved treaty rights through the exercise of the inherent sovereign powers of the tribes. The organization includes the Yakama, Umatilla, Warm Springs, and Nez Perce tribes.

To reach the Lone Pine sales area, take I-84 to exit 87. Look for signs indicating salmon sales.

Contact Information

Buck Jones & Jeremy FiveCrows
Reservations and Information:
888.289.1855

Address:
700 Northeast Multnomah Street, Portland, Oregon 97232, United States

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Other Information

  • Hours Open

    Fresh fish sales can occur any day of the week. Best availability is 10 a.m. to dusk (dependent upon supply and weather) Days, times and locations may vary with vendors.
  • Seasons Open

    In most years, the public can purchase fresh premium chinook and steelhead from mid-June through early October directly from tribal fishers. In some years, sales of spring chinook begin in May. In June and July, fresh sockeye are available. In the fall, fall chinook, coho, and tule chinook can be found. Small quantities of shad, walleye and other non-native fish may be available as well. The sale of fresh sturgeon occurs at only limited times throughout the year. The fish is fresh, reasonably priced and can be purchased already cleaned. Direct-to-public sales help Indian fishers support their families and make it possible for them to continue this traditional livelihood. We invite you and your family to be a part of this time-honored Northwest tradition. Visit www.critfc. org/harvest, follow @ColumbiaSalmon on Twitter, or call 1-888-289-1855 for current information.
  • Prices and Fees

    Each fisher is independent; prices are set by fishers. Most sales are cash only.
  • Accessibility

    Most sales locations are easy drive-up.
  • Eco Friendly Notes

    The four Columbia River treaty tribes (Nez Perce, Umatilla, Yakama and Warm Springs) carry on their tradition of stewardship for the salmon and the river. The tribes have become leaders and experts at salmon and ecosystem restoration efforts to restore salmon in the streams and rivers throughout the Columbia River Basin. We are among the region’s strongest advocates for changes in Columbia River hydrosystem operations. Whether you buy Columbia River Indian-Caught Salmon directly from a fisher, from the grocery store or order it in a restaurant, you are saying yes to salmon produced and harvested locally from the Columbia River Basin. It is also an environmentally sound choice, as our salmon are sustainably harvested. A certain number of each run are allocated for harvest, while the rest are allowed to return to spawning areas.
  • Locally or Family Owned Notes

    In 1855, the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Yakama and Warm Springs tribes signed treaties with the United States government to reserve, forever, their right to fish at all of their usual and accustomed places. The rich custom of tribal fishing continues to be essential to the sovereignty, culture and economy of these tribes and to the entire Pacific Northwest.