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Klaskanine Hatchery was first operated in 1911 by the state of Oregon. In 1959 the hatchery was enlarged and renovated under the Columbia River Fisheries Development Program (Mitchell Act)—a program to enhance declining fish runs in the Columbia River Basin. The hatchery is now closely tied to the Select Area Fisheries Enhancement (SAFE) program and works closely with Clatsop County Fisheries (CCF). The facility is currently used primarily for rearing coho for SAFE commercial fisheries, as well as for adult collection and spawning of fall Chinook and as a rearing facility for fall Chinook and winter steelhead.
Best time to visit: June - September
Fish raised: Spring chinook salmon
Lookingglass Hatchery offers a small inside display area and viewing window plus information signs on the grounds. Adult chinook salmon are present during most of the summer.
Nearby: The Blue Mountains offer hiking, camping, viewing, hunting and fishing opportunities for area visitors.
From either north or south on I-84: Take exit 261. Turn right at the stop sign. Go to the third stop light and take a left on Hwy 82 (toward Elgin and Wallowa Lake). Travel about 10 miles to the town of Imbler, continue on Hwy 82 to Elgin (eight more miles).
When you get into Elgin, turn left on Division Street (Hwy 204 – Tollgate Hwy). Go over the railroad tracks to the first cross street, which is N.10th Street. Turn right on N. 10th Street and go to the "Y" in the road. Stay to the right of the "Y" and travel three miles to a stop sign. Turn right onto Palmer Junction Road. Travel another 13 miles then, at the next "Y" is the Lookingglass Hatchery sign. Turn right. The road becomes a gravel road for two miles
76657 Lookingglass Road
Elgin, OR 97827