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The Salmon River Fish Hatchery
|The Salmon River fish
hatchery is one of the nation's most modern facilities. It supplies
New York with chinook, coho, and steelhead for both Lake Erie and Ontario.
It is operated with water from the Salmon River (and wells), which travels
through the hatchery and empties via a fish ladder into Beaverdam Brook.
The fish ladder also serves to allow the fish to swim directly into the
hatchery as they migrate up through Beaverdam Brook. The hatchery
attracts more than 500,000 visitors annually, many of whom come to watch
egg collections from steelhead, coho salmon and chinook salmon returning
to the hatchery. For those of you who haven't visited it, listed
below are several pictures of the facility.
Fish ladder leading fish into the hatchery.
Salmon in the ladder and jumping
one of the steps.
Holding raceway at the top of the
fish ladder (with salmon waiting to get in) and more adult holding raceways.
Outside raceways for juvenile rearing.
Inside raceways for newly hatched trout and salmon and spawning room.