During the summer, the hatcheries are good places to enjoy the park-like settings and see wildlife along the nearby rivers. Picnic facilities are available, and there are public restrooms and parking for cars and recreational vehicles.
Spring Creek Hatchery releases the last of two groups of fall Chinook salmon smolts each May, but they have an excellent information center in the administrative office with brochures and video programs available.
Views from Spring Creek include a panoramic view of Mt. Hood, the city of Hood River, and the Columbia River Gorge.
From the hatchery, visitors can also watch large numbers of windsurfers enjoying the brisk winds at this world-class windsurfing site.
Cheri Anderson Reservations and Information:
61552 State Road 14, Underwood, WA, United States, 98651
As the summer ends in late August and early September, tule fall Chinook salmon begin returning to Spring Creek Hatchery. Visitors can pick up a brochure at the parking area and take a self-guided tour through the hatchery or arrange group tours in advance. Each September, Spring Creek holds an Open House during which visitors can take hatchery tours, watch adult salmon being spawned in the state-of-the-art spawning facility, enjoy refreshments, and have fun with special activities for children. Call the hatchery at 509-493-1730 for exact date and details.
7:30 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday