Gone Fishin'

  • Frazier Farmstead Museum 1403 Chestnut Street Milton-Freewater, OR, 97862 United States

If it’s August, Chinook salmon are spawning in the Walla Walla River. Learn about their long migration and fascinating life-cycle at the fish hatchery on the South Fork of the Walla Walla River. The hatchery is operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Salmon disappeared from the Walla Walla basin more than 75 years ago, extirpated by a combination of development, water diversion and reduced flows. Since 1987, the Tribes have worked to restore fish habitat and passage, including the removal of two dams. This hatchery is part of that effort.

We’ll then visit the Frazier Farmstead Museum, a six-acre site listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1892 William Samuel Frazier built this house that was extensively remodeled after his death in 1896. Members of the Frazier family occupied this house for 115 years. Since 1983, the estate has been operated and maintained as a restored house and farm museum by the Milton-Freewater Area Historical Society. A no-host lunch will be available. 

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