AAA Editor Notes
Wells Fish Hatchery is 8 mi. s. on US 97, just below Wells Dam. Visitors can view the spawning pens where millions of chinook salmon, steelhead trout and rainbow trout are raised annually. The migration success rate for juvenile salmon and steelhead is the highest on the Columbia River due to the dam's unique hydrocombine design, which allows for a fish passageway system utilizing the existing spillway.
Wells Dam comprises hydroelectric generators, spillways and an electrical switchyard. A roadside park overlooking the site has interpretive displays on water power and Columbia River dams. Another display features one of the dam's original 150-ton turbine runners.
Time: Allow 30 minutes minimum.