Feather River Fish Hatchery

Notice: The observation platform near barrier dam, portions of fish ladder and the underwater viewing windows are temporarily closed. Other areas of hatchery are open.

Feather River Hatchery raises Chinook salmon and steelhead along the Feather River, just below Lake Oroville. An underwater viewing window displays migrating salmon or steelhead during the approximate dates of mid-September through June. Visitors will enjoy their time at Feather River Hatchery any time of year and great fishing is available on Lake Oroville and several nearby rivers.

Visitor Information

Location: 5 Table Mountain Boulevard, Oroville, CA 95965

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

Contact: (530) 538-2222, featherRiver@wildlife.ca.gov

Directions: From Highway 70, take the Grand Avenue / Nelson Avenue exit. Continue east on Grand Avenue. Make a right turn onto Table Mountain Boulevard and continue S/B down the hill toward the river. The entrances to the hatchery are just before you cross over the river. MAP

The Feather River Fish Hatchery is divided into 2 sections. The fish barrier dam, observation platform and underwater viewing are located on the east side of Table Mountain Boulevard. The underwater viewing windows are best for viewing fish from mid-September through June. The spawning room, hatchery and rearing ponds are located on the west side of Table Mountain Boulevard. Salmon spawning operations can be observed Monday through Friday beginning mid-September until mid-November. Steelhead spawning can be observed mid-December through mid-February. Fish are present in the rearing ponds all year.

The annual Oroville Salmon Festival is held on the 4th Saturday of September at the Feather River Fish Hatchery and downtown Oroville.

More about this Facility


aerial view of hatchery buildings and ponds
Feather River Hatchery
angler holding fish in stream
Successful steelhead angler!