Oregon Secretary of State


Department of Fish and Wildlife

Fish and Wildlife Building
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Building in Salem. (Oregon State Archives Scenic Image 20180329-2968​​)

Present Duties

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is responsible for sustainably managing fish and wildlife in Oregon. Through its commission, it sets regulations for recreational and commercial fishing, crabbing, clamming and hunting. It also manages species that are not hunted or fished, including state-listed endangered, threatened and sensitive species. ODFW operates more than 30 fish hatcheries raising trout, salmon and steelhead to supplement natural stocks and provide fishing opportunities. It also manages more than 20 wildlife areas providing habitat for fish and wildlife and hunting, fishing, viewing and other outdoor activities. The Oregon State Police play a key role in achieving ODFW’s mission through enforcement of fish and wildlife regulations.​
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Agency Subdivisions

Information about this agency's divisions, offices, programs, etc.

Contact Information

Phone: 503-947-6000; Toll-free: 1-800-720-6339 (ODFW); Licensing and Controlled Hunts Information: 503-947-6101
Contact: Dr. Debbie Colbert,​ ​Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator: See Contact List for Fish and Wildlife​

Legal & Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 496.080–496.166

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Records & Publications​​

Records Retention Schedule - a list of the public records kept at the agency

State Archives Holdings from This Agency

The following are selected abbreviated listings from the holdings of the Oregon State Archives. Additional records may be available. These records may be viewed free of charge at the State Archives Building in Salem. Copies are available for a fee. Take the Web tour for more information about visiting or ordering copies from the Oregon State Archives.
Title: Administrative correspondence
Dates: 1912-1922
Cubic Ft.: 1.50
Title: Annual reports
Dates: 1905-1906
Cubic Ft.: .1
Title: Bonneville Central hatchery monthly operations summaries
Dates: 1913 - 1915
Cubic Ft.: .25
Title: Egg reports
Dates: 1914-1925
Volumes: 5
Title: Fish and Game Commission minutes
Dates: 1901-1977, 1910-1915
Cubic Ft.: 3
Volumes: 1
Title: Free license register
Dates: 1930-1934
Volumes: 1
Title: Game laws violation case records
Dates: 1921-1938
Volumes: 3
Title: Hatchery correspondence
Dates: 1913-1922
Cubic Ft.: 2.50
Title: Joint Fisheries Committee of Oregon and Washington Legislatures minutes
Dates: 1921
Cubic Ft.: .1
Title: License sales register
Dates: 1901-1915
Cubic Ft.: .1
Volumes: 5
Title: Master fish warden correspondence
Dates: 1919-1931
Cubic Ft.: 22.50
Title: Master fish warden journal
Dates: 1901-1904
Cubic Ft.:.1
Title: Monthly hatchery pond reports
Dates: 1916-1924
Volumes: 6
Title: Oregon Salmon Hatchery superintendent convention minutes
Dates: 1925
Cubic Ft.: .1
Title: Predatory animal eradication appropriations
Dates: 1936-1940
Cubic Ft.: .5
Title: Publications
Dates: 1948-1982
Cubic Ft.: .5
Title: Sea lion hunting records
Dates: 1924-1930
Cubic Ft.: .5