- Posted September 18, 2013 by
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Everyone Loves an Ugly Fish
The hatchery was built in 1967 after the construction of the Oroville Dam. According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the hatchery is one of the most advanced and successful fish hatcheries in California to date.
On Monday, the fish ladder was bone dry. Tuesday morning the gates were open and the water started flowing. Eager fish began climbing the ladder immediately. Since that time, people have been coming and going on a continuous basis to watch the fish finish their long journey. The viewing windows are open from 8:00 a.m. to sundown daily.
Damien Warfield was seriously hurt in a wreck a few months ago. Although he was in a wheelchair for a while and has had a long road of recovery, he did not let it stop him from bringing his family to the hatchery. He and his wife, Jenny, have been bringing their daughter to the viewing window every year. They drove 15 miles to make their yearly visit. Their daughter even got a behind the scenes tour inside of the spawning portion of the hatchery!
A festival in honor of the determined fish is held at the end of September each year. This year the Salmon Festival includes a recital put on by some of Oroville’s most talented children, raft tours, a health fair, and—yes, even a Salmon dinner.
For more information on the Salmon Festival, go to the official website at http://salmonfestoroville.org. To learn more about the hatchery, go to http://www.dfg.ca.gov/fish/Hatcheries/Feather.