Iron Gate Fish Hatchery

Along the Klamath River, Iron Gate Hatchery is a salmon and steelhead hatchery that releases fish back to the Klamath River. Fishing, boating and hunting are a few of the many activities available in the area. Yellow perch, in addition to several other game species, are often a great catch in Iron Gate Reservoir and Copco Lake.

Visitor Information

Location: 8638 Lakeview Road, Hornbrook, CA 96044

Hours: Open 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Contact: (530) 475-3420,

Directions: Exit Interstate 5 at the Henley Hornbrook off-ramp.  Go east on Copco Road for about 8 miles. Hatchery is on the right, across the river. MAP

What to Do

While at Iron Gate, consult the information kiosk to learn about the spawning of salmon and steelhead from the Klamath River. Visit in the autumn (approximately mid-October through mid-December), during spawning season to observe returning salmon and spawning operation by the Iron Gate Hatchery crew. Restrooms are available.

Anglers using boats can access the Klamath River via a boat ramp across from the hatchery. The Klamath River is also a popular place for tubing and kayaking. Depending on the section of river, rapids range from class II to class IV.

Iron Gate Reservoir and Copco Lake, both upstream from Iron Gate Hatchery, have fishing year round. Always check Fishing Regulations first.

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aerial view of hatchery roads, buildings, ponds © 2015 Google
Iron Gate Hatchery © 2015 Google
Spawning Operations