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Quilcene National Fish Hatchery lies in a narrow valley on the east side of Washington's Olympic Peninsula on Highway 101 two miles south of Quilcene and at the confluence of the Big Quilcene River and Penny Creek. Covering slightly over 47 acres, Quilcene NFH's main facilities include 39 raceways, each 8 feet wide and 80 feet long, three water intake structures (two on the Big Quilcene River and one on Penny Creek,) a pre-settling pond, a pollution abatement pond, a hatchery building containing the office, conference room, break room, and tank room, an isolation/quarantine building, and a shop building all located on the west bank of the Big Quilcene River.

Quilcene National Fish Hatchery has a long history and has been in continuous operation since 1911. We raise coho salmon for on-station release and provide coho salmon eggs and fingerlings for tribal programs. We also work closely with other groups in monitoring the local summer chum salmon runs.

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