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The Great American Hatchery Road Trip – Quilcene National Fish Hatchery

June kicked off a summer long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the National Fish Hatchery System. As part of our celebration, we’ve created a series of road trip blogs that crisscross the country highlighting national fish hatcheries that are more than 100 years old!

Join us each week for Road Trip Tuesday as we take you on the Great American Hatchery Road Trip!

This week we’re visiting Quilcene National Fish Hatchery in Washington.

Operational since 1911, the Quilcene National Fish Hatchery rears and releases coho salmon to fulfill Tribal Trust responsibilities and to enhance local recreational fishing and commercial harvesting.  The hatchery lies in a narrow valley on the east side of Washington’s GORGEOUS Olympic Peninsula and is co-managed by the Port Gamble S’ Klallam, Jamestown S, Klallam, Skokomish, Lower Elwha Klallam, and Suquamish Tribes.

The National Fish Hatchery System has been improving recreational fishing and restoring aquatic species since 1872 (uhhhh, yeah that makes them 150 years old!) and yet, lots of folks might not even know that their grounds are often open to the public and entry is FREE! The wonderful thing about fish hatcheries is that they offer something for everyone in your group…no more disgruntled sighs from the backseat!


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