Kooskia National Fish Hatchery

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Kooskia National Fish Hatchery

Idaho

(208) 476-4591

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Overview

Kooskia National Fish Hatchery was established to rear spring chinook salmon for release in to the Clearwater River basin. The hatchery is located 1.5 miles southeast of Kooskia, Idaho near the confluence of Clear Creek and the Middle Fork Clearwater River. Smolts released from the hatchery return 2-3 years later as 7-20 pound adults. The best times to visit are in early March before the young chinook are set free or during June and July when the adults return to spawn. In addition there is an interpretive trail which passes through a historic mill and an Indian village site.

Map of Kooskia Nat'l Fish Hatchery

Latitude, Longitude: 46.131791, -115.947990

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Activities

  • Hiking

    Across from the hatchery is Mill Pond Trail, which follows an old mill pond, and attracts migrating waterfowl and native wildlife such as white tailed deer, beaver, muskrat, pheasant, turkey, Canada geese, osprey and bald eagles. The hatchery and trail are the historic village site of Nez Perce Chief Looking-glass.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Across from the hatchery is Mill Pond Trail, which follows an old mill pond, and attracts migrating waterfowl and native wildlife such as white tailed deer, beaver, muskrat, pheasant, turkey, Canada geese, osprey and bald eagles.

Directions

Driving

Kooskia National Fish Hatchery is located 2 miles east of Kooskia on Clear Creek Road. Take either bridge exit off Highway 12 and follow the posted signs to the main hatchery entrance. Hatchery hours are daily 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed major holidays.

Phone Numbers

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(208) 476-4591

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