Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery


In 1968 when it was built, The Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery was the largest salmon hatchery in the world. It is still busy producing nearly 13 million salmon every year. Returning salmon are collected; their eggs harvested, and then kept in a series of pens until they are strong enough for release on their journey to the Pacific. Tacoma Power’s Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery Visitor Center provides one-of-a-kind opportunities for people of all ages to engage in hands-on, engaging ways to understand the life cycle of salmon. Visitors explore the connection between salmon and 5 “Hs” – hatcheries, habitat, high seas, harvest and hydropower. Learn how Tacoma Power sustains natural and hatchery salmon populations in the Cowlitz River while providing fish for harvest – as it generates clean, renewable electricity at the Cowlitz Hydroelectric Project.


125 Salmon Lane
Mossyrock, WA 98582


46.48750000, -122.72278000
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(360) 985-2655

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