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75th Anniversary of Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Celebrated

August 5th, 2015 in Archived Salmon Fest News

75th Anniversary of Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Celebrated

From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery

Leavenworth, Wash.—This year is the 75th anniversary of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery! We invite everyone to celebrate our history at the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival, held September 17-19 this year. An exhibit will be on display, and volunteers from the Upper Valley Museum will be on hand to help tell our story.

1947 Hatchery Building and Ponds

Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Building and Ponds, 1947

The hatchery was authorized in 1937 and built from 1939-1940. It was at that time the largest salmon hatchery in the world! Entiat and Winthrop National Fish Hatcheries opened in 1941 and 1942, creating a complex of hatcheries working together. The purpose of the hatcheries was to keep salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River system after dams like the Grand Coulee were built. Leavenworth NFH currently raises 1.2 million juvenile spring Chinook salmon every year, releasing them into Icicle Creek.

In 1998, Leavenworth NFH was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Visitors today can see the nursery, adult holding ponds, fish ladder, raceways, rearing ponds, and other features of an active hatchery, still operating from the original buildings.

Come take a walk through time and explore the ambitious past, the busy present, and the hopeful future of our relationship with salmon in Washington State! The visitor center is open every day throughout the summer, and staff and volunteers are ready to answer questions. Call 509-548-2915 for more information.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Website.