What is Whisky Creek hatchery?
Located on Netarts Bay, 2 miles north of Cape Lookout State Park, the Whisky Creek hatchery is an all volunteer Salmon and Trout Enhancement project. Tillamook Anglers obtained a lease from Oregon State University
to renovate the hatchery and raise 100,000 Spring Chinook smolts annually for release into Tillamook Country streams. The old, deteriorated rearing ponds have been removed and replaced with a modern enclosed facility. An incubation room, work room, and storage room have been added, along with an existing classroom/meeting room that provides an educational facility for the public and school groups. A new water intake structure was built along with an expanded parking lot that has a park-like setting with picnic tables, hiking trails, informational signs and a viewing area where people can watch returning Chum salmon. The hatchery sponsors an annual fin clipping day in April where 400 volunteers work throughout the day clipping adipose fins for 100,000 Chinook salmon smolts. Lunch is provided for all volunteers by local merchants from surrounding communities. In September, the hatchery sponsor a Fishing Day for kids with disabilities. Upwards of 600 kids come from all over the state of Oregon with each child being allowed to catch and keep 4 Rainbow Trout. 300 to 400 volunteers assist in providing the special day for these special kids.