Visit Us

We're open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm. Tour groups of all size are welcome; for large groups interested in a tour, please call the hatchery at (509) 427-5905. Fish hatcheries are generally located in beautiful locations and the Carson National Fish Hatchery is no exception. We're located in the heart of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, approximately 60 miles east of Portland, Oregon, in Washington State. The Wind River Highway, which you drive to the hatchery, is loaded with recreational opportunities. Hiking, biking, camping, fishing, and more will keep you busy; or there are plenty of places for a quiet picnic...including the hatchery! Did we mention we're also on the way to the Spirit Lake entrance of the popular Mt. St. Helen's National Volcanic Monument?


While the hatchery doesn't have any hiking trails on the hatchery grounds, we are located in the heart of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest which is loaded with many amazing hiking trails. 

Other Facilities in the Complex

We're part of the Columbia River Gorge National Fish Hatchery Complex, which includes the Carson, Eagle Creek, Little White Salmon, Spring Creek, Warm Springs, and Willard National Fish Hatcheries. Our complex propagates, releases, and transfers to partners over 25 million salmon to meet the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's fisheries mitigation, restoration, and tribal trust responsibilities. Explore what each facility has to offer below.


Carson National Fish Hatchery
14041 Wind River HighwayCarson,WA98610-3175
Hatchery Hours
8:00 am - 3:30 pm