Cowlitz Trout Hatchery ADA fishing facility improvements complete
The ADA wheelchair-accessible fishing platforms at the Blue Creek Boat Launch at the Cowlitz Trout Hatchery were improved in September.

  • The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife enlarged the platforms and paved the path and parking lot.
  • The grant to do the work was funded by the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office and Tacoma Power.

About the Cowlitz Trout Hatchery
Thanks in large part to Tacoma Power’s Cowlitz Trout Hatchery, the Cowlitz River is consistently ranked as Washington State's number one winter steelhead river.

The hatchery, located about six miles downriver from Mayfield Dam, produces and releases about 1.5 million fish each year. This includes summer and winter steelhead, and sea-run cutthroat trout.

Tacoma Power built and maintains the Cowlitz Trout Hatchery and provides funds to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for staffing and operation.

Public facilities
The popular Blue Creek boat launch is located near the trout hatchery and is provided free of charge by Tacoma Power. You do not need a Discover Pass or state Access Pass. You’ll find a large parking lot, vault toilets and a boat launch.

There is a wheelchair-accessible fishing area where wheelchair-bound and mobility-impaired anglers may fish under Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife rules. Camping is allowed in part of the parking lot for up to three days, but no fires are allowed.

Getting to the Trout Hatchery & Blue Creek Boat Launch
From Interstate 5, take State Highway 12 east about 6.5 miles to the community of Ethel. Turn right (south) onto Tucker Road. Go straight on Classe Road where Tucker Road bends to the right at a Y.  At the end of the road turn left on to Spencer Road. Watch for the signs directing you to turn right for the Cowlitz Trout Hatchery and the Blue Creek Boat Launch.

Cowlitz Trout Hatchery
165 Osprey Ln.
Toledo, WA 98591

Blue Creek Boat Launch
273 Blue Creek Ln.
Toledo, WA 98591