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Do you want to see what its like to study and raise one of Idaho's most treasured species? Take a tour of our project from the arrival of our eggs to the release of our fingerlings into the Clearwater River.

Pictures:  Click Here for Catholic Creek Trip

Steelhead Eggs Arrive:

Eggs in the redd (nest)

One of our first hatches


Click on the thumbnails above to view larger images of eggs hatching and new sac fry
Can you find the egg that is hatching?

Dworshak National Fish Hatchery Tour:

Dworshak National Fish Hatchery is located at the confluence of the North Fork and mainstem Clearwater River, 3 miles west of Orofino, Idaho.  The hatchery was built to mitigate for the loss of steelhead trout in the North Fork of the Clearwater River and its tributaries as a results of the construction of Dworshak Dam.  Click Here for more information.

Cherry Lane Hatchery Tour:

The Cherry Lane fish hatchery is managed by the Nez Perce Tribe with the purpose of rebuilding Fall and Spring Chinook numbers in the Clearwater River watershed.  This hatchery is unique in that it is one of the few hatcheries in the Northwest trying to raise hundreds of thousands of fish while mimicking a natural habitat.  In addition to raising Chinook, this year the tribe is also beginning a program focusing on Lamprey eel.  Lamprey are another endangered anadromous species found in our watershed..

Steelhead Dissection:

With the help of Megan Johnson, Susan Sawyer, and other volunteers from Dworshak National Fish Hatchery, the 5th grade students turned part of our playground into an anatomy lab as they investigated steelhead from the inside out. :)  Students studied the internal and external anatomy of 6 mature steelhead donated by the hatchery.

Steelhead Release:

Our classroom journey ends while our steelhead fingerlings journey becomes much more complicated. Both 5th grade classes gather on the banks of the Clearwater River with representatives from different agencies for the grand finale, to release our fish.  In addition to releasing our fish for their journey to the ocean, students participate in five educational stations to learn more about the affects of the environment on fish, animals, and people.