The present facility was constructed in 1925, across the North Umpqua River from an earlier trout hatchery built in 1920. The hatchery was closed in 1975 due to low stream flows and high water temperatures, and was reopening in 1979 after extensive reconstruction. In 2012 a state of the art fish passage ladder was completed. It included a fish viewing window for Rock Creek basin fish inventory and a fish trap facility. The hatchery produces fall and spring Chinook, coho, summer and winter steelhead, and rainbow trout. The facility is used for adult collection, spawning, incubation, and rearing of Chinook, coho, steelhead and rainbow trout.
Best time to visit: all year
Visiting hours: dawn to dusk; 7 days a week
Fish raised: spring and fall Chinook salmon, coho salmon, summer and winter steelhead, and rainbow trout
What to see and do: Adult fish may be observed in natural holding pools. Visitors may feed large rainbow trout. There is an ADA-accessible trail to a viewing deck and interpretive signing.
From I-5: Take Hwy. 138 to Idleyld Park. Turn left on Rock Creek Road and travel 1/2 mile to McCarn Lane. The hatchery is on the right.
From Hwy. 97: Take Hwy. 138 for 83 miles to Idleyld Park. Turn right on Rock Creek Road and travel 1/2 mile to McCarn Lane. The hatchery is on the right.
Address and Phone:
Rock Creek Hatchery
425 McCarn Lane
Idleyld Park, OR 97447