Leaburg Hatchery was built in 1953 to mitigate for lost fishing opportunity because of the many dams on Willamette Basin rivers. These dams include Cougar, Blue River, Carmen-Smith, Lookout, Dexter, and others. The hatchery rears rainbow trout, summer steelhead and Chinook salmon, and has a staff of four employees. Come visit our show pond and see huge white sturgeon and rainbow trout.
There’s a viewing platform built by the McLaren School for Boys in 1993 to allow visitors to get a close up look at spring Chinook salmon spawning in the creek below.
Best time to visit: all year
Visiting hours: closed until further notice, due to the COVID-19 precautions
Fish raised: rainbow trout, summer steelhead, Chinook salmon
What to see and do: Earthen show ponds offer year-round viewing of huge sturgeon and rainbow trout. Excellent access to fishing exists on the McKenzie River below the hatchery. Visitors can view osprey during the spring and summer, and watch spawning of spring Chinook in the fall.
Directions: Leaburg Hatchery is located along the McKenzie River (Willamette Basin) 4 miles east of Leaburg, Oregon, on Highway 126 at River Mile 38.8 on the McKenzie River.
Address and Phone:
90700 Fish Hatchery Road
Leaburg, OR 97489