Cabinet Gorge Fish Hatchery
Friday, February 5, 2016
Cabinet Gorge Fish Hatchery is located in North Idaho, on the south side of the Clark Fork River, approximately 8 miles SE of the town of Clark Fork, ID.
The hatchery was constructed in 1985 to mitigate for fish losses caused by the construction of hydroelectric dams on the PendOreille River system. The project was co-funded by Avista Corp., Bonneville Power Administration, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
Water for fish rearing at the hatchery is supplied by 6 ground water well pumps. A total of 10,995 gallons per minute of water is supplied by these pumps and routed to 64 individual raceways. Each raceway can hold 250,000 two inch kokanee salmon.
Visitors are welcome 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you call ahead, accommodations can be made for large group tours. There are no fish on station July through September.
The primary species of fish reared is kokanee salmon. The hatchery can take up to 20 million eggs and rear up to 16 million fish to two inches. All of the kokanee are then released onto Lake Pend Oreille in June each year.
The hatchery also houses the westslope cutthroat trout broodstock for the state. Approximately one million eggs are taken each year from adult fish held here at the hatchery. These eggs are then distributed to other Idaho hatcheries where they are used to stock mountain lakes.
Other species of fish raised are rainbow trout and fall chinook salmon.