After visiting Bonneville Dam we drove a very short distance to the Bonneville Fish Hatchery. It is on Tanner Creek, close to where it empties into the Columbia River. This is also the location where Lewis and Clark stayed on April 9, 1806. The last time we were at the hatchery was in 2007, on our way back from Idaho. It certainly was time to see it again.
This hatchery is Oregon's largest & has been around for over 100 years. They hatch Coho Salmon, Chinook Salmon, and Steelhead for release in the Columbia River. Some young fish are also sent to other hatcheries.
|The hatchery is managed by Oregon Fish & Wildlife & is part of the Bonneville Dam Historic District.|
|Fountain outside the gift shop.|
|Another set of Rearing Ponds mostly holding small fish.|
|Good-sized Steelhead were in one pond.|
|The building hiding beneath the ground is the Sturgeon Viewing & Interpretive Center.|
|Here s/he is close up. Sturgeon do not have bones, similar to a shark.|
|A few other fish were swimmin' along with the sturgeon.|
|We also viewed the sturgeon from outside, looking down into their pond.|
One of these years, I'm going to have to make a point to visit the hatchery in the fall to watch the spawning.