Warm Springs Fish Hatchery

aerial view of Warm Springs Fish Hatchery roads, ponds and buildings - © 2015 Google Earth
Warm Springs Hatchery.
Fish Ladder at Warm Springs Hatchery
Fish Ladder at Warm Springs Hatchery.
Adult Steelhead at Warm Springs Hatchery
Adult Steelhead at Warm Springs Hatchery.
Juvenile Coho Salmon at Warm Spring Hatchery
Juvenile Coho Salmon at Warm Spring Hatchery.

Warm Springs Hatchery, also know as Don Clausen Fish Hatchery, is nestled in the foothills of Sonoma County in Northern California.

Just downstream of Lake Sonoma, the 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. The fish ladder opens 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.


Location: 3246 Skaggs Springs Road, Geyserville, CA 95441


  • Open 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.
  • The visitor center is closed.
  • Coyote Valley Falls closes at the end of April and reopens in January.
  • Coho spawning begins in Mid- November and continues through February.
  • Steelhead spawning begins in January and continues through Mid-April.

Contact: (707) 433-6325

Directions: 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)

Visitor Center: The visitor center is operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers. For information regarding hours of operation or scheduling school tours, please call (707) 431-4533.

More about this Facility

Fisheries Branch
1010 Riverside Parkway, West Sacramento, CA 95605 | Fisheries@wildlife.ca.gov