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Sandy Hatchery began operation in 1951 as a state-funded facility. In 1959, the hatchery became part of the Columbia River Fisheries Development Program (Mitchell Act)—a program to enhance declining fish runs in the Columbia River Basin. The facility is currently used for the adult collection of Spring Chinook, Winter and Summer Steelhead and Coho Salmon. Winter Steelhead eggs are taken and incubated until eyed stage and then shipped to other ODFW facilities. Coho eggs are taken, hatched, ponded and reared to release on station.
Best time to visit: October - mid-December for spawning. All year for viewing young fish.
Fish raised: Coho salmon.
During the peak of spawning activity, beginning in early November, visitors can see adult coho. The facility has a small inside display area. A trail runs through the grounds, offering a nature hike as well as fishing access to the Sandy River.
Nearby: Mount Hood National Forest, which is the location of Mount Hood and Multnomah Falls, offers camping, hiking, river running, skiing and wildlife viewing.
Take Hwy. 26 east from Portland toward Mt. Hood to Sandy. Go through the town of Sandy to the last traffic light. Turn left onto Ten Eyck Road. Approximately 1/2 mile down the hill is a very sharp lefthand turn. Turn left onto SE Fish Hatchery Road and proceed for one mile to the hatchery.
39800 SE Fish Hatchery Road
Sandy, OR 97055