The Hatchery

Underwood, Washington

Spring Creek Fish Hatchery State Park also known as “The Hatchery” is a famous windsurfing and kite-boarding site on the Columbia River. A hot spot for advance windsurfers, pros, and freestyle experts, this a great place for spectating even if you are not participating. Beware that swells can be very big during strong wind days, and the slippery rocks can make launching difficult. This state park offers bathrooms, picnic tables and parking. Washington State Park fee of $10/day or Discover Pass ($30/annual) required.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • No data available

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on July 13th, 2015. Columbia Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on July 17th, 2015 at 8:31 PM.
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Current Weather
13°C
Clear and sunny
Monitoring Frequency

The Hatchery is sampled monthly from June 10th to September 20th.

Source Information

The Washington state water quality standard provides that E.coli levels must not exceed a geometric mean value of 100 colonies /100 mL, with not more than 10 percent of all samples (or any single sample when less than ten sample points exist) obtained for calculating the geometric mean value exceeding 200 colonies /100 mL. The EPA recommended standard provides that no single sample shall exceed 235 E.coli colonies/100mL and the geometric mean of 5 samples within 30 days shall not exceed 126 E.coli colonies/100mL. The Swim Guide will utilize the EPA standard for Washington beaches.
There is currently very limited water quality monitoring of Washington's inland swim beaches. The federal Beach Act does not cover freshwater or riverine beaches, and the State of Washington does not monitor swim beaches or recreation sites on the Columbia. Columbia Riverkeeper monitors recreation sites in the Columbia River Gorge through their Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program. Most sites are sampled monthly and high priority sites are sampled weekly from June-September.
The Swim Guide's safety ratings are based solely on E.coli levels. While E.coli concentration is a useful indicator of fecal contamination, there are many other potential sources of pollution that are not reflected in the Swim Guide. These include other bacteria, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, and pesticides that may harm aquatic life. On the Columbia and other salmon rivers, high temperatures threaten fish that need cold water. If you are interested in getting involved or learning more about the Columbia River, visit <A HREF="http://www.columbiariverkeeper.org">www.columbiariverkeeper.org</A>.

Water Quality Graph

The Hatchery

Underwood, Washington

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on July 13th, 2015. Columbia Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on July 17th, 2015 at 8:31 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
13°C
Clear and sunny

Spring Creek Fish Hatchery State Park also known as “The Hatchery” is a famous windsurfing and kite-boarding site on the Columbia River. A hot spot for advance windsurfers, pros, and freestyle experts, this a great place for spectating even if you are not participating. Beware that swells can be very big during strong wind days, and the slippery rocks can make launching difficult. This state park offers bathrooms, picnic tables and parking. Washington State Park fee of $10/day or Discover Pass ($30/annual) required.

Monitoring Frequency

The Hatchery is sampled monthly from June 10th to September 20th.

Source Information

The Washington state water quality standard provides that E.coli levels must not exceed a geometric mean value of 100 colonies /100 mL, with not more than 10 percent of all samples (or any single sample when less than ten sample points exist) obtained for calculating the geometric mean value exceeding 200 colonies /100 mL. The EPA recommended standard provides that no single sample shall exceed 235 E.coli colonies/100mL and the geometric mean of 5 samples within 30 days shall not exceed 126 E.coli colonies/100mL. The Swim Guide will utilize the EPA standard for Washington beaches.
There is currently very limited water quality monitoring of Washington's inland swim beaches. The federal Beach Act does not cover freshwater or riverine beaches, and the State of Washington does not monitor swim beaches or recreation sites on the Columbia. Columbia Riverkeeper monitors recreation sites in the Columbia River Gorge through their Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program. Most sites are sampled monthly and high priority sites are sampled weekly from June-September.
The Swim Guide's safety ratings are based solely on E.coli levels. While E.coli concentration is a useful indicator of fecal contamination, there are many other potential sources of pollution that are not reflected in the Swim Guide. These include other bacteria, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, and pesticides that may harm aquatic life. On the Columbia and other salmon rivers, high temperatures threaten fish that need cold water. If you are interested in getting involved or learning more about the Columbia River, visit <A HREF="http://www.columbiariverkeeper.org">www.columbiariverkeeper.org</A>.

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