Family Adventures in the Central Oregon Wilderness - Wizard Falls Hatchery
The Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery is located in Camp Sherman about 20 miles outside of Sisters, OR (about an hour drive from Bend). The Hatchery was built in1947 and raises Atlantic salmon, brook trout, cutthroat trout, kokanee, spring Chinook salmon and rainbow trout.
The Wizard Falls Hatchery in it's park like setting is a must see for families or children of all ages. Admission is free and fish food is only 25¢ a handful. I recommend bringing several quarters!
The second Saturday in June is the annual Free Kids Fishing Day, for children 10 and under. This is a must attend event for child angler because they get to fish in the "escape pond". The Escape Pond, as my 5 yr old calls it, is pictured below. This is where the some of the fish escape to "who don't want to live in the river." In the pond they thrive and grown into some of the largest trout I've ever seen!
The Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery is open year round from 8am - 7pm. To find the Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery from Bend take Highway 20 west past Sisters for 10 miles. Turn right on Road 14, you'll see the Camp Sherman road sign. The Hatchery entrance is located about 10 miles down Road 14.