Fisheries Facility in Tumwater Falls Park

Facilities operated by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)

In the early 1950s, as part of its statewide hatchery program, the Washington Department of Fisheries built a series of concrete fish ladders to help salmon get upstream. In 1962, in conjunction with the development of Tumwater Falls Park, the state was granted an easement by the Foundation for hatchery operations at the top of the falls.

This photo, taken at the lower falls of the Deschutes River, is of a boat called
the “screw trap”  which WDFW biologists use to trap, catch and count the fish species that naturally migrate out of the the Deschutes River. The WDFW biologists also tag a percentage of the migrating fish for survival data of species.

For additional information on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Tumwater facility, visit

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