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Chinook return to Spring Creek hatchery

Open house on Sept. 19

Large numbers of 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. Spawning begins Sept. 15 and will continue through Sept. 30. Best times to view are in the morning, as the process often wraps up by 2 p.m. daily.

Join in annual open house on Saturday, Sept. 19. The hatchery will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 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 and take a look at the Fish Marking Trailer.

The hatchery will also offer fish printing again this year, as well as other educational activities and chalk art.

Light refreshments will be available.


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