Hatchery Detail


Name : Winthrop National Fish Hatchery
Province : Columbia Cascade Longitude : -120.18705
Subbasin : Methow Latitude : 48.4757
Operating Agency : USFWS
Funding Source : BOR (Mitchell Act), BPA
Description : Winthrop National Fish Hatchery, located along the Methow River in north-central Washington, near the town of Winthrop, was originally authorized as part of the Grand Coulee Fish Maintenance Project. The first fish cultural operation began in 1942 by trapping adult sockeye, Chinook, and steelhead at Rock Island Dam and transporting them to the hatchery. By 1951, the station was rearing sockeye, Chinook, steelhead, kokanee, coho, and resident trout. The goal of Winthrop Hatchery is to produce spring Chinook to help compensate for fish losses in the upper Columbia River drainage caused by the construction of Grand Coulee Dam..
Releases & Returns
Hatchery releases of anadromous fish, within the geographic range of an ESU/DPS, are listed accordingly.
Province Subbasin Species ESU/DPS Released
in 2009
Returns to Collection
Facility in 2009
Data as of
Columbia Cascade Methow Coho 376,393 8 / 30 / 2010
Columbia Cascade Methow Spring Chinook Upper Columbia River Spring Chinook ESU 371,959 8 / 30 / 2010
Columbia Cascade Methow Summer Steelhead Upper Columbia River Steelhead DPS 102,418 8 / 30 / 2010
Hatchery Program Reviews
1.Coho Integrated
1.Methow River Spring Chinook Population and Related Hatchery Programs
1.Mid-Columbia Coho Reintroductions Feasibility Project
1.Columbia Gorge NFHs Assessments and Recommendations Report - December 2007