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Best time to visit: Mid May - early October. Adult spring chinook salmon spawning can be viewed in September to early October.
Fish raised: Spring chinook salmon.
The McKenzie Hatchery is located in western Oregon 22 miles east of Springfield at river 36. The McKenzie River originates in the Cascade Range and empties into the Willamette River near Eugene, which then flows notrhward into the Columbia River.
McKenzie Hatchery was first constructed in 1938 and rebuilt in 1975. Today, 30 rearing ponds, a visitor's center, spawning room, egg incubation facility, office, feed storage, shop area, fish ladder and picnic are are the main components of the facility layout.
The facility has a picnic area and a visitor center overlooking the spawning area. The McKenzie River offers excellent fishing for trout, steelhead and salmon in a scenic setting. Group tours of the hatchery are available by advance arrangement.
Nearby: Ben and Kay Dorris State Park offers fishing, picnicking, hiking and boating opportunities.
Travel 22 miles east from Eugene/Springfield on Hwy. 126. McKenzie Hatchery is located two miles east of Leaburg at milepost 22.
43863 Greer Drive
Leaburg, OR 97489