Willamette Chinook

In the Willamette Valley basin, there are four hatchery Chinook programs:

North Santiam Chinook

Chinook in North Santiam River spawn, rear and are relased at the Marion Forks hatchery and Minto collection facility. Key actions in eth Willamette Biological Opinion include using the hatchery program to reintroduce Chinook back into historic habitat above Big Cliff and Detroit dams, evaluating different growth rates in the hatchery to make hatchery smolts similar to their wild counterparts.

South Santiam Chinook

Key actions in the Willamette Biological Opinion for the South Santiam hatchery at Foster Dam include using the hatchery program to reintroduce Chinook back into historic habitat above Foster and Green Peter dams, preserving genetic resources of the historic population, and discontinuing the release of this stock into the Molalla River (developing a local stock).

For McKenzie Chinook at the McKenzie hatchery, key actions in the Willamette Biological Opinion include reducing the spawning of hatchery Chinook in the wild, reintroducing Chinook above Cougar Dam.

For Middle Fork Willamette Chinook at the Willamette hatchery and Dexter collection facility, key actions in the Willamette Biological Opinion include using the hatchery program to reintroduce Chinook back into historic habitat above Dexter, Lookout Point, and Hills Creek Dams.

For more information on these programs, visit the ODFW Website.