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Salmon Fest Family Day Has Returned! »

.: Events :., .: Friends :. Category, submitted June 21st, 2018

Salmon Fest Family Day Has Returned!

The Wenatchee River Salmon Festival (Salmon Fest) & Friends of NW Hatcheries Find Support from Local Wenatchee Valley Communities

Great news! Some of you may have heard this past winter that the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival, also known as Salmon Fest, and their major supporter, the Friends of Northwest Hatcheries, were in need of some help from the community. Several long-term board members were retiring leaving a large hole to fill for this typically under-the-radar organization and their more widely-known and popular Salmon Fest – focused annual event. A community meeting was held at the Leavenworth Fire Hall in January 2018, where remaining board members and representatives from the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, discussed the dire situation and what would be needed to continue to put on this 28-year old award winning outdoor recreation and education event at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery along Icicle Creek.

That night, the call was answered when several members of the Leavenworth community stepped forward and committed to helping ensure a bright future for Salmon Fest and the Friends of NW Hatcheries.  In February, a new Salmon Fest board was formed as a separate board, solely focused on the success of this annual event. With this new structure, the Friends group is well suited to grow and diversify its support for wildlife education and outdoor recreation programs throughout the northwest and the Salmon Fest team can work on providing the best possible experiences for students and the public during the 3 day annual event in Leavenworth. Plan to bring your family and friends to this free event happening during the days of September 20 – 22, 2018, with the return of the popular public Family Day on Saturday the 22nd.

Salmon Fest is a two-day natural resource education event held every fall to celebrate the return of the salmon to the Wenatchee River. The Festival is held on the grounds of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, located at the mouth of the scenic Icicle Canyon near Leavenworth, Washington. An exciting menu of hands-on activities and “edutainment” gives students from throughout North Central Washington a unique opportunity to discover and appreciate the complexities of the natural world and the significance of salmon to people of the northwest. Since its inception in 1991, the Festival has remained true to its natural resource education mission while updating and augmenting activities to keep the messages fresh, timely and engaging. In response, the event has become nationally recognized for its educational excellence.

In mid-June, the new Friends Board was joined by representatives from a dozen fishery hatcheries and conservation offices from across the Pacific Northwest plus two nationally recognized Friends Group Mentors for a 2-day workshop to build a plan for the future. By all initial accounts, this important Mentorship meeting was a huge success and a plan is in now in place to help the Friends group support more programs and projects throughout the region. While the new Board members are getting settled into their new roles, the call for additional assistance from the community continues.

The Friends of NW Hatcheries is looking for people and organizations who would like to support the Friends mission by signing up to become members and several more passionate individuals who would be interested in joining committees.  Based in Leavenworth, Washington, the Friends of NW Hatcheries is a 501c3 nonprofit that supports wildlife education and outdoor recreation opportunities that promote responsible environmental conservation and stewardship in connection with fisheries and hatcheries around the Pacific Northwest. Funding for these programs come from grants, sponsorships, fundraising events, and membership fees.

Salmon Fest is also looking for volunteers who are available to help with this year’s event on September 20 – 22, 2018 at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery.  Please call 509-548-6662 ext. 226 for more information.

If you would be interested in helping the Friends group, or the Salmon Fest team, please contact:

Signing up to be a member of the Friends group is easy! Download the membership application and mail a completed copy with your membership dues. Membership is only $5/year for seniors and students, $10/year for individuals, and $15 for families through the end of 2018.

From all of us to all of you, thank you for your continued support of natural resource education and environmental stewardship and conservation!


2016-2017 Winter Snowshoe Tours »

.: Events :., .: Friends :. Category, submitted November 16th, 2016

Guided 2016-2017 Winter Snowshoe Tours at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery

Winter in Leavenworth is a great time to visit the National Fish Hatchery! We have juvenile fish on station all year. A visit can include a look at hatchery operations, as well as a guided snowshoe tour on our trails.

The grounds are open for visitors every day. Our visitor center is usually open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., although staff may only be present for limited times. Guided snowshoe tours are available on specific days. Please check dates listed below to see if your visit can include one of these free tours.

You must call ahead to reserve your place on a snowshoe tour. Our main line is 509-548-7641. We provide the snowshoes, available in one size only (small children and very large adults may find them hard to use). The tour takes 2 hours and follows the Icicle Creek Nature Trail, a route of about 1 mile.

Snowshoe Tour Schedule

Tours are provided in December, January, and February, if there is enough snow.

December 2016:

  • Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Friday the 9th and 16th, 1 p.m.
  • Friday the 16th and 23rd, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Dec. 27-31, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Please note there are no tours on Dec. 25 or 26.

January 2017:

  • Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Friday the 6th, 13th, and 20th, 1 p.m.

February 2017:

  • Saturdays and Sundays through the 19th: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Call for reservations
509-548-7641

Visit the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery website for more information.

Learn more about Leavenworth NFH on Facebook!

Download the Official Leavenworth NFH Snowshoe Tours Brochure HERE.


Leavenworth Kids Fishing Day »

.: Friends :. Category, submitted April 29th, 2014

Make plans to travel up Icicle Creek to the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery for their annual Kids Fishing Day event in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week.  This FREE event includes educational stations geared for children ages 4 – 14 where they learn the essentials of fishing and water/boating safety before trying to catch that ‘big one.’  Fishing poles and bait are provided.  A food booth will be available with proceeds benefitting Discovery High School. [Continue Reading]


Arbor Day at the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery »

.: Friends :. Category, submitted April 7th, 2014

On Saturday, April 12th, between 10 am and 2 pm, Friends of Northwest Hatcheries will host the Greater Wenatchee Arbor Day Celebration and Tree Distribution.  The Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, located at 12790 Fish Hatchery Road in Leavenworth (map), is one of five distribution sites in Chelan and Douglas counties where the following tree and shrub seedlings will be available this year:

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2014 Nancy Duree Natural Resource Scholarship »

.: Friends :. Category, submitted April 7th, 2014

Applications for the 2014 Nancy Duree Natural Resource Scholarship are now being accepted.

The annual $1,500 scholarship is dedicated in memory of Nancy Duree who was an active partner in the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival since its inception, and a champion of natural resource education for both children and adults. [Continue Reading]


New Aquarium »

.: Friends :. Category, submitted February 24th, 2009

The Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery nursery has a new aquarium!  Come see Sculpin, Rainbow Trout, Coho Salmon and  Spring Chinook Salmon. [Continue Reading]


Connecting Children With Nature »

.: Friends :. Category, submitted February 24th, 2009

The Hagerman National Fish Hatchery partnered with the National Park Service, Hagerman National Monument, and the Thousand Springs State Park to provide “outdoor” educational experiences to Twin Falls Elementary students in December, 2008. [Continue Reading]


Trout Unlimited »

.: Friends :. Category, submitted February 24th, 2009

The award winning Icicle Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited has contributed many hours and funds to enhance salmon habitat and education opportunities at the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery Complex. [Continue Reading]


Waders for “Kids In The Creek” »

.: Friends :. Category, submitted January 20th, 2009

The Friends of Northwest Hatcheries, in cooperation with Cascadia Conservation District, have supplied waders for the Kids In The Creek Project. [Continue Reading]


Education About the Benefits of Recycling »

.: Friends :. Category, submitted December 19th, 2007

A Legacy of 90,000 Pounds of Trash?

A 150 lb. adult will leave 90,000 pounds of trash for the next generation. Yikes! Leavenworth Recycles (LR) and the Friends of the Northwest Hatcheries (FNWH) have joined together to leave a better legacy. Close to ten thousand students and adults were educated about the benefits of recycling in our community while reducing the waste at this year’s Salmon Festival. [Continue Reading]