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Irrigon Hatchery began operation in 1984 as part of the Lower Snake River Compensation Program (LSRCP)—a program to mitigate for spring Chinook and summer steelhead losses caused by the four federal dams constructed on the lower Snake River.
This facility serves as an egg incubation and rearing facility for summer steelhead destined for the Grande Ronde and Imnaha river systems, summer rearing for 250,000 Lookingglass spring Chinook for Lookingglass Hatchery, egg incubation for 550,000 Umatilla coho eggs for transfer to Cascade Hatchery. In addition, Irrigon is also used as a rearing site for legal-sized rainbow trout destined for northeast Oregon waters.
Best time to visit: July - April
Fish raised: Steelhead
Irrigon Hatchery offers a visitor center, wildlife viewing and a show pond for rainbow trout.
Nearby: The Columbia River offers a variety of scenic views and activities.
Irrigon Hatchery is located along the Columbia River above John Day Dam 3 miles west of Irrigon,Oregon.
Take exit 168 off I-84. Take Hwy. 730 to the hatchery sign, then turn left on W. 8th Street. Travel north to Columbia River and the hatchery.
74135 Riverview Lane
Irrigon, OR 97844