||Winthrop National Fish Hatchery
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||BOR (Mitchell Act), BPA
||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..