Marion Forks Hatchery Visitors' Guide

Marion Forks Hatchery began operation in 1951. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) funds the majority of operational costs as mitigation for the development of Detroit and Big Cliff dams. The hatchery is used for egg incubation and rearing of spring Chinook.

Marion Forks Hatchery

Best time to visit: May - October

Hours of operation: dawn to dusk; 7 days a week

Fish raised: Chinook salmon and rainbow trout

What to see and do: Marion Forks Hatchery offers a large pond where visitors can feed adult rainbow trout. See spawning Chinook salmon in Horn Creek (Marion Forks) from late August through September. Conifer forest provides good viewing for deer, elk, grouse, American dipper, belted kingfisher, osprey, bald eagle, blue heron and waterfowl seasonally.

  • Wildlife: birds of prey, fish, wading birds, waterfowl, songbirds
  • Facilities: campground, camp host, fishing, ADA accessible, picnic area, restrooms, trails
  • Nearby: There is camping nearby in a U.S. Forest Service campground. Access to fishing on the North Santiam River and wilderness trailheads also is nearby. Detroit Lake is about 18 miles west and offers swimming, boating, fishing, lodging and restaurants.

Directions: Marion Forks Hatchery is located at milepost 66 on Hwy. 22

Address and Phone:
Marion Forks Hatchery
34881 N. Santiam Hwy
Idanha, OR 97350
(503) 854-3522