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The Winchester Dam was built in November 1890 and is in the National Register of Historical Places. In 1945 a more permanent fish ladder and the first fish counting station on Winchester Dam was built. In 1964, new public and counting windows were constructed in the upper pools of the ladder. These viewing areas were improved again in the 1980’s. Since the fall of 1991 all counts have been conducted from a 24 hour video camera. Biologists use the fish counts to monitor populations, make management decisions, and recommend angling regulations. A video camera records fish passage, and a technician views the tapes to record species and size, fin clips, and any predator marks. The primary species of anadromous fish counted at Winchester Dam are summer and winter steelhead, spring chinook salmon, and coho salmon.
Best time to visit: All year
Fish raised: Fish are not raised at this facility
Adult fish can be observed swimming upstream through a fishway on the famous North Umpqua River. Species present at different times of the year include steelhead, chinook salmon, coho salmon, trout, lamprey, northern pike minnow and suckers.
Nearby: John P. Amacher County Park, on the Umpqua River, is just north of Roseburg. Camping and a boat launch are available.
The viewing area is located just east of I-5 on Hwy. 99 north of Roseburg. Take exit 129 and head east. Turn right on Hwy. 99. The viewing area parking lot is located on the left, just before the Winchester Bridge.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
4192 N. Umpqua Highway
Roseburg, OR 97470