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Chinook salmon return to Spring Creek hatchery

Open house planned for Sept. 22

The adult tule fall Chinook salmon are returning to the Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery in Underwood.

Come in to the hatchery to view adults leaping up the fish ladder and take a closer look at them in the adult holding ponds. Spring Creek is open daily 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spawning begins Sept. 17 and will continue through Sept. 28. The best times to view are in the morning, as the process often wraps up by 2 p.m. daily.

The Underwood facility will have its annual open house on Saturday, Sept. 22. The hatchery will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visitors can watch the fish coming up the fish ladder, learn more about why and how fish are raised in hatcheries, watch a new generation of salmon being spawned, take a look at the Fish Marking Trailer and talk with representatives from other agencies at their informational booths.

There will also be fish printing again this year (bring your own T-shirt and take home wearable art!), as well as other educational activities. Light refreshments will be available.


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