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Gnat Creek Hatchery was constructed in 1960 as 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 used for egg incubation and rearing of spring chinook and winter steelhead. Most of the production is release off-station.
The Hatchery is an easy drive toward Oregon’s coast on Highway 30 and a visitor-friendly place for the entire family. With lots to do, located on beautiful Gnat Creek and tucked away amid the rainforest, this is a worthwhile stop on the way to the coast.
Best time to visit: All year. March - August for fishing.
Fish raised: Spring chinook salmon and steelhead.
The Hatchery is open to visitors daily from 7:30 a.m. to dusk, including a show pond with large rainbow trout and sturgeon in addition to a fish food station for the public. An informational kiosk and picnic areas are available for visitor use. Spring chinook and winter steelhead fill the fish raceways at Gnat Creek Hatchery. The hatchery is also the home of a cutting-edge oxygen supplementation system that will increase productivity of hatchery fish and therefore enhance the local recreational fishing opportunities.
For visitors who want more than a day trip to explore the hatchery and adjacent Clatsop State Forest, Gnat Creek trail leads to a popular campground that is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Nearby: Bradley State Scenic Viewpoint and Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge are nearby. Disabled-accessible restrooms are available at a nearby wayside.
The hatchery is located 18 miles east of Astoria on Hwy. 30.
Gnat Creek Hatchery
92645 Gnat Hatchery Road
Clatskanie, OR 97016