House of Salmon Fish Hatchery

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe’s “House of Salmon” Hatchery was constructed and tasked with supporting the Elwha River Fisheries and Ecosystem Restoration Act (EREFRA)- Public Law 102-495, passed by Congress in 1992. The Act calls for the recovery of anadromous fish species and the restoration of the Elwha River Ecosystem following the removal of the Elwha and the Glines Canyon dams on the Elwha River in 2011 and 2014.

House of Salmon construction was a cooperative effort funded through a Congressional allocation in support of the EREFRA and began operations in 2011. The Tribe raises Coho (Oncorhynchus kisutch), Chum (Oncorhynchus keta), Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss), and as of 2022, Chinook (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) salmon to support continued recovery efforts on the Elwha River in cooperation with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.


Meet our team (left to right): Robert Blankenship / Hatchery Manager; Keith E. Lauderback / Assistant Manager; Larry Joe Henderson / Fisheries Technician; Steven W. Lauderback / Fisheries Technician


We are open Monday – Friday 8AM -4PM

Contact us at (360) 460-0113 to set up a tour for you or your group.


Local elementary students visit the House of Salmon to help release Coho smolts into the Elwha River as a part of their Salmon in the Schools curriculum.


Elwha River Restoration Project partners include; the National Park Service, NOAA Fisheries, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Geological Survey, Washington Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and Northwest lndian Fisheries Commission.