Salmon: Running the Gauntlet
Hatcheries and Dams of the Pacific Northwest (MAP)

A map of some of the major hatcheries and dams in the Pacific Northwest and an approximation of the spawning grounds for each salmon species. Click on any marker for the name of that particular hatchery or dam, or the species of salmon. Zoom in to focus on a particular part of the map.


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  • John Platt

    This map fails to include most of the Mitchell Act hatcheries constructed in the Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam that did not provide in-place, in-kind mitigation for damage caused by the dams nor does it include the Lower Snake River Compensation Plan Hatcheries. The map also does not include any of the tribal production facilities that are being used as nurseries to spawn and rear wild fish that are intended for natural spawning on their return from the ocean. Like the film that the map was designed to promote, the map treats tribal programs designed to restore and rebuild upper river salmon populations as if they did not exist; a grave omission and a misrepresentation to public television viewers.

  • M Robin Church

    I enjoyed this program for its nature impact, but some mention should be made of the power generated by the various dams and the economic profit that this made for the NW. Dams provide some of the carbon free base load power that solar and wind cannot yet provide, until more efficient recovery, storage and transportation have been researched and developed. While I appreciate all the natural reasons for removing dams, if we don’t solve climate change, there will be no slamon anyway. So I feel a more balanced picture should be provided. At the very least you should have included the loss of revenue if certain dams are taken down as well as the cost for their actual removal..

  • Doug Mole

    I enjoyed the show on “Salmon Running the Gauntlet”. I grew up on the Arrow Lakes as my father before me. He his folks and 2 sisters moved there from North Dakota in 1909. He told me that as a youngster many times as he walked the lake shore he found very large salmon carcases on the beach.
    There is a fantastic amount of habitat on the Columbia river in Canada so why are they not trying to restore the salmon there.
    I work with salmonid enhancement on Vancouver Island and we produce Pinks, Chum & Coho

  • Jeff Manker

    Where are the hatcheries and dams in California? They are disappearing, but we have salmon too!

  • Ben Cody

    @M Robin Church, there is nothing carbon free about hydropower. Imagine all of the plants that were killed as their land was flooded by the reservoirs created by the dams. Imagine all of the water that evaporates from reservoirs instead of flowing downstream. Imagine all the petroleum used to truck and boat salmon upstream in a feeble attempt to mitigate the damage caused by the dams. Imagine all of the fuel used to dredge the river to keep it navigable, instead of a natural river that keeps silt flowing downstream and out to sea. Instead that silt builds up behind dams, and has to be dredged out, by machines that run on petroleum products.

  • H. Wark

    Dams have become an essential component of the NW. They are a clean, dependable source of relatively cheap renewable source of energy. The same can not be said about the wind turbines that have been built. Dams have also made it possible to irrigate thousands of acres of highly productive farmland. Without a doubt dams have been hard on salmon, but things are improving. What also seems to never seems to get mentioned is all the different species of fish, birds and mammals that flourish because of the dams.

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