Just downstream of Lake Sonoma, Warm Springs Hatchery produces coho salmon and steelhead for waters in the Russian River drainage. The area is remarkably beautiful with both coniferous and oak forests, open grasslands, vineyards and lots of wildlife. Lake Sonoma offers camping, boating, fishing and other outdoor activities. The outstanding Visitor Center is operated by the US Army Corp of Engineers and is open to the public.
Juvenile Coho Salmon at Warm Spring Hatchery
Open: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visitor Center is closed.
Coyote Valley Falls is closed at the end of April and opens back up in January.
3246 Skaggs Springs Road, Geyserville, CA 95441
On Highway 101 at Healdsburg; go west on Dry Creek Road 11 miles to the visitor center below the Warm Springs Dam. MAP(opens in new tab)
The visitor center is operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers. For information regarding Days and Hours of Operation along with scheduling a school tour please call (707) 431-4533.
Warm Springs Hatchery, aka Don Clausen Fish Hatchery, is nestled in the beautiful foothills of Sonoma County in Northern California.
The fish ladder is opened by Mid-October. Salmon and Steelhead jump over seven steps to reach the top of the fish ladder. From there, they swim into a channel through a finger weir that allows passage into the pond, but not out. The hatchery traps between 3,000 and 5,000 Steelhead annually.
Coho spawning begins in Mid- November and continues through February.
Steelhead spawning begins in January and continues through Mid-April.
Fish Ladder at Warm Springs Hatchery
Adult Steelhead at Warm Springs Hatchery